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Andrew Lafleche

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Andrew Lafleche is an award-winning poet and author of six books. His work uses a spoken style of language to blend social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit prose, and black comedy. Andrew enlisted in the Army in 2007 and received an honorable discharge in 2014. Visit www.AJLafleche.com for more information.

lost angels

five-thirty in the morning
Wednesday, this
thirtieth of may

tri-layered clouds
consume the sky above
blackens the early light

impossible to stay
the ominous familiarity:
          I’ve been here before

only it was eight
years ago, middle of the night
half way around the world
thirtieth of July
          eight days before he died.

she’s in labor now
doctor tells her push
says the cord is wrapped
          twice around his neck
says she really has to push
this time

the boy is blue
neck limp, breathless
flash back to then:
          his last breath in my arms

she doesn’t recognize
the mortality of what
may be below the place
she lies exhausted from
delivery

color draining
from corners of sight
holding my own breath
until he gasps

a child’s first cry
passed to the one
          who gave him life
her and I holding tight
the three of us

maybe the rains are here
to wash it all away

maybe the rains are nothing
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