at the end

We said
“you don’t
to each other

until we didn’t

then we weren’t

(D. James)


let me just say this

whatever I take
to bed

I wake up with

whatever is in
my head

I deal with

whatever it is
I’ve said

I have to
live with

and whatever happens
after I’m dead

I will have to
end with

(D. James)


Another time
in another city
when I was
someone else

And she
she asked me
“what do you want?”

And I
I had no answer

Now here
in this town
I being me
and all things equal

She asks me
“what do you want?”

And I
I answer

To which she
she has no reply

And I
I am left
why this question
keeps coming up

(D. James)