Kissing God Goodbye

June Jordan

The mix of personal and political poems felt a little awkward at times, but I like her down-to-earth style.

POEM AFTER RECEIVING VOICEMAIL FROM YOU AFTER (I DON’T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE) HOW LONG!

Your voice and the weighted
stammering between us
evident
and the train of my routine
adjustment to nothing anywhere
as unforgettable
as your bare feet on the flagstone
pathway
next to bunched up honeysuckle
blooming aromatic in the a. m.
of a daily life
we shared but never dared
to lock and key
into
our problematic/
intersection—
That train derailed/my
regular defenses failed
to lower the volume
of the million and one
or zero
meanings
of your call