Should I leave for Algiers then?
On the 2 O’clock train he’ll watch your reluctance
recede in rust hues, Doppler fade.
Or will you come?
Yes you should go, but (how to tell you…)
I must stay to (choose a lie).
I love my whiskey
and women complex
to look back with both in hand.
She presses the flower
in the leaves of fine linen
makes a point to never look back.