Two poems by Miles White


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good moon tonight. the lake is

alive, and the pale light bends

beneath the waves. you swim

like the sea-girls—mysterious.


the tide taps at my toes and I

moonbathe. you quicksilver to

the shore: the waters are cold,

love, you say. be warm for me.




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On a cool red line afternoon

the old man tells me (really

he tells no one in particular):

“you hope that by the time

you get married you really

know a gal—hell! Turns out

by the time you divorce her

you know her a lot better—”


But the rattle of railway cars

cuts the conversation short.


Later, some backyard evening,

I let the question linger over

lemonades and Grandmama

snarls. “Like hell,” she tells

the girls. “Howard kept me

loyal for too many years ‘till

he took off with that tramp,

and I never knew him at all.”