Sunday, July 09, 2017


Untitled (Stranger)
—Photo by Alexey Titarenko, 1996

—James Laughlin (1914-1997)

Life kept rolling her over  
like a piece of driftwood

in the surf of an angry sea  
she was intelligent and beau-

tiful and well-off she made  
friends easily yet she wasn’t

able to put the pieces to-
gether into any recognizable

shape     she wasn’t sure who  
she wanted to be     so she

ended up being no one in par-
ticular     she made herself al-

most invisible     she was the  
person you loved so much who

really wasn’t there at all.



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