Poem: Love Songs For New Mexico

Love Songs For New Mexico

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I took my bra off in the park,
In the way back, past the dogs,
Past the joggers and the paved trail.

I sat on the snapped tree—trunk perpendicular
To the ground,
Waiting for an ass like mine
To keep it warm

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I thought of you then as I do
All the time
And I wanted your smile and, as always,
Your lips.

I sparked a blunt and
listened to the breeze in the leaves
before humming a tune stuck in my head.

I’ve been listening to too many love songs
This past week—the seven days since we
Told secrets in bed.

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Fa Fa Fa
And La La La,
And I Miss You,
And I Want You,
And I Love You.

I love you.

And Whenever You Need Me,
And Warm Winds,
And You Give Me Fever,
And Here I am.

Here I am.

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Photos and words by Amanya Maloba

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