Transition Poem 54 @ Jan. 1, 2017

Timothy Liu
Ode to Barack

When I knew
he wasn’t coming

back, I didn’t

wash the sheets
for over

a year, his scent

mixed with mine
until that too

became so faint

it retreated
into memory

like everything

else I had
to let go of

as I stripped

our mattress
to make room

for whomever

else might
want to

fuck me harder.

Timothy Liu‘s latest book of poems is Don’t Go Back To Sleep (Saturnalia Books, 2014). He lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. Visit​.

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