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  • My Second Time
  • Lucien Darjeun Meadows (bio)

85 pounds

A boy with a knife and a hot bath drawnAt midnight is impetuous. At high noon

Is deliberate. He knows the sycamoresShake their gold leaves at him, laughing.

He knows his mother will never wake up,Not really, not to smile and dance

As she did when his father was here.He knows his father is never coming back—

The crows told him so. They clatter loudThrough his arms when he tries to sleep,

A frenzy of claws and feathers and beaksHe can still only by cutting them free,

One at a time most days. But today, everyone,Gets to fly home. He knows this to be true.

Lucien Darjeun Meadows

Lucien Darjeun Meadows was born in Virginia. His poetry has appeared in West Branch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Quarterly West, Beloit Poetry Journal, and the American Journal of Nursing. An awp Intro Journals Project winner, he has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and recognition from the Academy of American Poets. He lives in Fort Collins, CO.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1542-426X
Print ISSN
0032-6682
Pages
p. 69
Launched on MUSE
2017-08-09
Open Access
No
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