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Poem: Far Away Is A Scary Place 

I wanted to warn you about the snow

before you left; how it falls

like white ash on your eyelashes, holding

them down, like the weights

you used to bench down in Georgia for sport

but you never gave me the chance

and the truth is, I loved you

for who I thought you were

for who I saw in my dreams—

             you, accompanied by love letters written in code.

             You, accompanied by the smell of pine trees

             and New York.

             You, accompanied by the mountains that I think of

             when I think "home."

And the truth is, I only missed my mother

but you were just as warm

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