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Would it be so bad if I followed the ambulance home
just to see what the body looks like

or is there nothing else but a few quick breaths
and a knocked cup of wine

is that so bad of me to want to see the other side
of the thing

to see into the past just a little bit
as if Coltrane walked off a bus and tipped his hat to you

or farmers tilling a field with a few bright tractors
and a flock of birds just above your head

is that so bad of me to wash down the street
with a bottle of Coke

to see again everything I’ve already lost
and to see the other headless men still searching

for a brother to bury

Brian Bender is a young poet living in Tempe, Arizona.