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-


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-


years weathered
slowly without a face-
lift or spiritectomy

soul intact if not (un-


shoes worn but still
not quite (un-


periodically I seek
to commute

the sentence



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.

See all items about James K. Zimmerman

Visit James K. Zimmerman’s contributors page.

Leave a Reply