Poems & Essays

13 Jul

Every Morning Maddie

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we meet for coffee
diner windows flush with dawn
she comes in from the street
we share a plate of bacon strips
my once vegetarian child
never this old

I’m driving her to the methadone clinic
these rain damp streets a maze
of traffic cones and sideways signs
we go right at the railroad crossing
I don’t ask where she’s living
anymore

nowadays its NPR in the car
neither of us listening
I’d like to know her favorite song
as if she could hand me a burned CD
as if we could just waltz it all back
she has no phone

almost 90 mornings clean
her shiny black hair unwinding
all tight skin and darting eyes
her thin knees clutching the seat
somewhere between urgency
and nonchalance

I’ve come to know this place
people milling around the clinic
there’s a Chinese take-out
a burned out doughnut shop
a storefront church
and then a space comes free
and I let her out

 

Henry Crawford is a poet living and writing in the Washington, DC area. His poetry has appeared in several journals, both in print and online including In Stereo Press, BlazeVox13 and Borderline Press. His poem “It Does Kind of Burn. Goodbye.” was one of two honorable mentions in Boulevard’s 2014 emerging poets contest. It was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York, was published in Boulevard’s 30th Anniversary issue and was poem of the day at Verse Daily, December 11, 2015. His poem “Sonnet 44 [Fragments Of A Graphic Novel]” is scheduled for publication in the journal Folio, Spring 2016. His poem “The Man Who Understood Television” is scheduled for publication in the journal Copper Nickel, Spring 2016. His first collection of poetry, American Software, is scheduled for publication in April of 2017 by WordTech Communications.

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