Dameion Wagner

perches

I wanted you to see the narrow

blue   haze   of   morning   how

streaked      rains      water      the

small leaves that get heavy and 

bitter, rimmed with a thin beauty,

between us thirsty air winds up

into pale cries with little told.

You   must   understand   this   —

today you opened a cookbook,

cut the carrot, celery and onion,

questioned    fresh    over    dried

thyme, focused your attention on

the words, pretended that some

sparrow had perched outside the

window on a lilac branch, or on

any branch on any tree through

any  window.  I  know  what  it’s

like  to  be lonely when you’re  in

the  room,  the   disappearing,  the

small   leaves   under   dark,   thin

beauty.

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Dameion Wagner lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, As It Ought To Be Magazine, Tilde: A Literary Journal, Cider Press Review, and elsewhere. His reviews appear in Heavy Feather Review, The Rumpus, and The Adroit Journal. He was nominated for Sundress Publications' 2020 Best of the Net Anthology,’ is a 2018 recipient of the Academy of American Poets University Prize (“Momma's Boy,” poets.org), and won Miami University’s 2017 Jordan- Goodman Poetry Prize. Milk & Cake Press published his first full-length collection, Bird Wild, in 2020.

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