I Would Stay

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It’s gone on and on

down south

where the jet planes to Hedonism

are digital

a new version of myself

comes after you

turning like falcon and lynx

after my friends die

because all the maps were wrong

which caused a dire gape

another stupid way to say

the talon’s scales

valley within

the shame of feeling feathers

against the grain of cockroach wing

when we are high and small

enough to the eye

to be high enough

to feel the dying

on the other end of eyeless flight


We could be making bombs right now

but we lock ourselves in crying away

because a river of police

like picnic soldier

while we try to love a body

so much

as you can love a cage

and not the empty space between bars

a life of choking

on the promise of love

and that’s how it starts


I found pain

but there’s a great big choir

in a great big room

singing like a ship


I used to think

the lyrics were

If I could be one thousand miles away

but still be me

I would stay


Now clap your hands


About Adam Tedesco

Adam Tedesco has worked as a shipbuilder, a meditation instructor, a telephone technician, and as a cultural critic for the now disbanded Maoist Internationalist Movement. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pith, Funhouse, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart and elsewhere. He lives under a shed in Albany, New York. Portrait By Mary Charlene https://www.etsy.com/people/missmarycharlene View all posts by Adam Tedesco

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