Possible Futures

— Jeremy Allan Hawkins

we come to agree on uncertainty & still take up residence

a palazzo leaning over the one gentle earthquake
that separates us
from the bottom of the laguna

a new cruise ship plows into the mainland
daily but we’re trying to grow
basil from seed

our daughter speaks three languages
to emphasize
how little we understand

we get exactly what we deserve—
an edifice

where’s the sex in that?
in the laguna

the rails are broken
but we can still follow them
by foot

eulogize the golden age of train stations

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