The floating faces
on any garden variety
newsfeed are guaranteed
to radiate larger-than-life

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Distance and timezones
three removed, I’m a
fool to rely on a daily
scroll to keep tabs

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A cherry-picked,
carefully composed
gallery is suited for
general consumption
only. Acquaintances,

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Time and again,
my heart tugs with
longing: they are so
happy and I’m missing
all of it.

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Time and again,
my heart leaps: we
chat, we text, we
converse. Their lives
are just as varied,
uncertain, exhausting,
lovely, rich and complex
as ever.


Spring onions
[ little but mighty ]
dance around in
a Friday evening pan
& press their tangy scent
through screened windows
in Queen Village.

Volvo-owning dads
mirror-shine their autos
with microfiber
cloths & load hatchbacks
with camping equipment.

I walk through it all,
like an open air museum.
Grilled burgers & Turtle Wax,
basil clippings from the window

Society hill

Society Hill, Philadelphia