Almanac

Twelve Months

Let's fall in love again. Let's travel again. Let's make ourselves uncertain
with the prospects of a new city
  
again, fly down the freeway to South Florida
or on someone else's dime to South Asia or Eastern Europe again,
make a home for the year somewhere unknown again—
  
Let's live where the rivers flood the cities every spring again,
or behind the park with the empty lake
boats tied down in the channel for the fall again—
  
Let's eat too much and walk the whole way home again,
past the Bolivian delis and Ecuadorian patisseries
with glazed sugar chips and candied berries
again, currants in molasses again, espressos light as cream
at the Orthodox-run vegetarian-everything cafe again,
the beer gardens with pizza or the Lebanese joint's
zacusca, lapte, and mamaliga in smantana again—
  
Let's name everyone but only know each other again,
forget the guidebooks and find the buildings again—
  
Let's eat Moldovan apples and Turkish baklava
as we walk through Herastrau again,
hike into Busteni and up the mountain again
and let's stop for pictures by the trail marker again—
  
Let's head over to Jeff and Sheila's and play spades again,
wait outside the apartment for Sarah and Jason again,
take the cable car to get drunk at high altitudes
in Colorado again, or Wallachia again, or Budapest
as the moon rises behind a palace lit up for tourists again,
the seven bridges we cross until we're sure it's Buda again—
  
Let's leave the market in Istanbul without the plate again,
find the mosque where we watch prayer call again,
on the Friday of my twenty-ninth birthday again—
  
Let's take all of the years and make them one year again—
  
Let's live eleven months, six days, and twenty-two hours again
in the city in which I love you again,
in a room that is our home again,
as you walk the steep stairwell and out to the curb again
and let's not say too much about this or each other again,
for each other because we are each other's again,
this one day that is only one day again.
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