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For James

The first time I hugged him

And the last time

Smelled the same.

Tide pods and uncertainty

Of how long to linger

How much to squeeze

To rub my back

Or let his hand drop

Meet my eyes with a smile

Before he looked away

For the first or last time

The beginning saw us both in Vans

He handed mine back to me

In a bag at the end

And shoved my heart into

One of the foot holes

like bundled socks.

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Angie Doe
Angie Doe

A poet dealing with the daunting realities of my ending 20s, a less than ideal love life, and a mother with dementia. These are pieces crafted during my Creative Writing MA and new ones I wished had shown their face in my dissertation. 

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