vintage love poem : the poem that is a paper airplane

the poem that is a paper airplane

i pulled this sheet from the envelope of my bed
made this paper airplane of a love poem for you

it floats above heads
above the back rows of
English class
vulnerable as I was
at fifteen

i tack a paper clip to its
snub – it falls

drops

nosedives perfect
onto the open pages of the
book you’re reading
hands curled around the real words
nested inside the textbook

you startle out of that
narrative

unfold
read
look around

i hide my giveaway blush by
studiously examining the
bulletin board away from you

you wonder
which one did it

 

 

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collected in spiritual side effects (2008, 6 gallery press)