Is This How I Wanted it to Go?

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Is This How I Wanted it to Go?

A forest away from the pulsations
of thinking. 

A forest still as raindrops falling off red pine needles.
My ancestors. In this forest.

I am not alive, in this forest.
I know as a ghost knows,

a lovely, fragile, shale hunger 
returning broken from my hands

hung between the womb and
wilderness,

as it is born, a great disk-shaped
system of gas, an accident of the cosmos.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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