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Verge 2013: Becoming

BUBBLES

Nick Robinson

The music box

   that put our father to sleep

               keeps me up all night.

    Awake, I imagine him imagining her

                            as a ballerina.

 To me she was

        an underwater woman

 with hair embalmed

        in seaweed and salt

           But    in the cold

    her image freezes over

 Did you know

     late at night I go swimming?

     Looking for things

                The fire truck

                  that left puddles on the carpet

                            The memory of our

   father

                  with a head cold

                    The feel of her hand tightening

     on mine in the dark

            when the bus passed right over us.

Verge 2013: Becoming

   by Peter Dawncy and Camille Eckhaus