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are the grasses greener in new orleans, dear?
do they swim right up the mountains of your toes, flicking dirt and mist humming la vie en rose?
does the city air lull you to sleep?
and in the morning, does the coffee and beignet make the sun brighter?
are you baking beneath it, your paper white skin turning red stone ignoring
all the miles between us?
can you reach the heavens from new orleans, dear?
from atop concrete parking garages,
from atop saint joseph's,
do you see god looking down at you between her moon and street light glares,
like the sky is an empty key hole?
is the music louder out there?
i'll ask tonight
knowing you'll hum your way out of it,
imitate jazz from a trumpet,
with your moon white grin raging
and though I won't see it
I'll hear traces of it
translated into electric words
edged by green summer grass
whistling in buses
drumming on streets
sent by post earth quake vibrations
turned morse code,
so my fingers can read you.