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Lisa Zaran

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Leaves

I went looking for God
but I found you instead.
Bad luck or destiny,
you decide.

Buried in the muck,
the soot of the city,
sorrow for an appetite,
devil on your left shoulder,
angel on your right.

You, with your thorny rhythms
and tragic, midnight melodies.

My heart never tried
to commit suicide before.

Originally published in Literati Magazine, Winter 2005
Copyright © Lisa Zaran, 2005