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you r m o v e; h o m e  a g a  i n
b r o  k   e






that  day as

I was hoping


glassafterglass &

no one sang


hands pressed

too hard


on screen doors &

covered faces


I sd     at least   I thought

 there’d be more magpies



like you’ve never seen


I sd    I walk faster

than most


 but keeping up



you learned 

to fall behind


will these memories float

in the floods?  you askd  & 


I sd     force of nature

doesn’t describe


the urge to wash     

        on   down    this    river   .

h o m e  a g a  i n



little lifetimes

chokedback&breaking off

too big to swallow


it’s that time of year

take up fresh yoke

till by hand & kiss the land


invisible everywhere

  cluttered & calculated porches 

now blank as a spoon 


always changing this

weighted&cloudy dreamscape

of hallowed grounds & precious polaroids 


locals break into vacation homes

purely for spite

& easy thrills


lawn ornaments & bloated woodwork  

from here to eternity  in a covered dish

      welcome home


muddled berries in this drink

seems less than perfect

considering the circumstances


I sent my heart

preserved with hairpins

one last time &


the colors could have been stronger

I must admit 

I should have pressed harder.

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Margaret Galey is an Iowa-born artist and writer living in Lexington, Kentucky. Her work has appeared in "Hyperallergic Weekend," & forthcoming in "High Shelf Press," "The Raw Art Review," & "The Midwest Review". More of her work can be found at:

"These pieces are among my favorites from my current manuscript entitled "it took everything" which grew out of a writing project with an artist friend, and emerged as a look back on a difficult time in my recent past. “h o m e a g a i n” and “b r o k e n” touch on the exhaustion of grief as it melds with the desire and hope for new, for better."