Waiting For What and When
Soon, a day will come
when I will look in the mirror and not know who I am
not recall how I got that scar above my eye
stare at photos, unable to place names on faces
Already, I am opening drawers filled with rings of
keys to doors in buildings that have been demolished
Daily, I pass structures haunted by long kisses from lovers
whose lips have long abandoned me
Today, I pulled the cord on the bus, stood up
stood out standing still like a stilled life
and did not think at all
I smiled, charmingly
they like me more when I smile
Aaron Williams placed his poems in shoeboxes until his recent 60th birthday celebration in Montreal— where he discovered Vallum. This
issue contains his first published poem. He is founder of the 7th Grade
Poetry Foundation, editor of its six student poetry anthologies, and a Washington University in St. Louis graduate.
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