Concerned Possibly Overly Concerned with the Eagle Warehouse & Storage Company of Brooklyn 1893

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I’d accepted the assignment to photograph only

Whatever it seemed showed how lonely

 

We really are, calling into question the completely

Misunderstood concept of understanding, you understand?

 

Everything was undifferentiated, equidistant, flat,

Everything had concept & abstract to spare,

 

Everything all at once came into play, we experienced

Passion so big it couldn’t be resisted, we experienced

 

A loss of will in the face of it, we experienced

a small marine fossil in a sedimentary rock

 

Lonely is as lonely does, like dark on night, like

Like light on glass, like night on life, like love on duty,

 

& time after time, like blue on you, like

The time you said to me, we are on the verge

 

Of satisfaction and I didn’t listen, like that time,

Like the time I lent you my hand, and took it back.

Dara Wier’s new book is You Good Thing. She teaches for the University of Massachusetts' MFA program for poets and writers.

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