If I Had Three Lives Print


“If I had three lives, I’d marry you in two.
And the other?  That life over there
at Starbucks, sitting alone, writing — a memoir,
maybe a novel or this poem.  No kids, probably,
a small apartment with a view of the river,
and books — lots of books and time to read.
Friends to laugh with; a man sometimes,
for a weekend, to remember what skin feels like
when it’s alive.  I’m thinner in that life, vegan,
practice yoga.  I go to art films, farmers markets,
drink martinis in swingy skirts and big jewelry.
I vacation on the Maine coast and wear a flannel shirt
weekend guy left behind, loving the smell of sweat
and aftershave more than I do him.  I walk the beach
at sunrise, find perfect shell spirals and study pockmarks
water makes in sand.  And I wonder sometimes
if I’ll ever find you.”
– If I Had Three Lives
by Sarah Russell

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