James K. Zimmerman

Ode to an Ex
by James K. Zimmerman

periodically I seek
you out online

someone I don’t want

to know about

hope to find you-
tubes or real
estate listings

hope you’re not (un-

happy (un-

alive

just barely

there in google
search or face-
book frenzy (un-

alone with favorite
books, wings
tethered, lightly soiled

wearing emptiness
in black or sleeve-

lessly

years weathered
slowly without a face-
lift or spiritectomy

soul intact if not (un-

suffering

shoes worn but still
not quite (un-

comfortable

periodically I seek
to commute

the sentence

-done)

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 20, Issue 2.

James K. ZimmermanJames K. Zimmerman is an award-winning poet and Pushcart Prize nominee.  His work appears or is forthcoming in Miramar, Pleiades, Chautauqua, American Life in Poetry, The Evansville Review, and Nimrod, among others.  He is author of “Little Miracles” (Passager, 2015) and “Family Cookout” (Comstock, 2016), winner of the Jessie Bryce Niles Prize.

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