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Volume 53
Issue 2

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  • Poetry
It's Hard to Explain
Alex Parsons, Lucia Jackson, Robert Chazen


It's Hard to Explain

you look like a stranger.
it's hard to explain.
that first year everyone was a little crazy,
imprecision was creeping in.
it's hard to explain –
i'd always taken for granted
that the world had certain people in it,
that everything happens for a reason.
It's hard to explain
how I just wanted some privacy.
Christ, if only.
I see you, I see you,
I hoped this was enough,
it's hard to explain
the ocean burning into the sky.
the last time I ate an orange.
languages I didn't understand.
the beauty of flight.
these taken for granted miracles
that had persisted all around us.
It's incredible.
I thought I was the only one.
it's hard to explain
the beginning of the Museum of Civilization –
he’d always been fond of beautiful objects,
and all objects were beautiful
in his present state of mind.
moved by every object,
there were tears on his face.
I can't wait till things get back to normal.