Toro

Sarah Gambito

 
I'm looking for the good robin of everlasting sewing.
Easy as a bed to bed.
And his words are mints.
My shock in the ghost of the guest of my boyfriend.
First there is the Father.
He would not like me to tell you about him.
He is punching holes right now.  Saying petit, petit, petit.
Garbled—he can seem like a balloon.  Such a skin. A kingfisher.
We are afraid to touch him.
Like too many nights of touching ourselves.
He might plan to take us on a picnic.
We must be ready.  We must be hungry.
I finished my blue necklace.
She tries to convince him because he was here on earth.
Dad quits his job for the umpteenth time.
I'm wicked lonely.
We are in a department store.
I buy him a blue bracelet because it is right there.
And I would wear it.
I buy it hoping he bought me something for Christmas.
This is never true of course.
We talk about religion.  Of jasper things in trees.
He wears an engagement ring.
I am shivery, full of V-8.
He drinks too much and cheats all the time.
All of whom he left behind in the Bible belt are singing Yes, yes yes
We put our hands over our face, our neck.
We are overcome, saying, "No, no. I can't. I can't."
 
First published in FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, published by Oberlin College Press. Copyright © by Sarah Gambito. All rights reserved.

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Further Reading

Poems about Anonymity and Loneliness
"My True Love Hath My Heart and I Have His"
by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
79
by Joachim du Bellay
Don't Let Me Be Lonely [There was a time]
by Claudia Rankine
Acts of Mind
by Catherine Barnett
Alone
by Maya Angelou
Alone for a Week
by Jane Kenyon
Angel of Duluth [excerpt]
by Madelon Sprengnether
At a Window
by Carl Sandburg
Beyond the Pane
by Greg Hewett
Boston
by Aaron Smith
Danse Russe
by William Carlos Williams
Dear Lonely Animal,
by Oni Buchanan
Demeter in Paris
by Meghan O'Rourke
Donal Óg
by Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory
Drawing from Life
by Reginald Shepherd
Eating Alone
by Li-Young Lee
Found Poem
by Howard Nemerov
Gospel
by Philip Levine
How I Am
by Jason Shinder
How the mind works still to be sure
by Jennifer Denrow
How to See Deer
by Philip Booth
I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone
by Rainer Maria Rilke
I Am!
by John Clare
I'm Nobody! Who are you? (260)
by Emily Dickinson
Isolation: To Marguerite
by Matthew Arnold
Loneliness
by Trumbull Stickney
Mnemosyne
by Trumbull Stickney
Montparnasse
by Ernest Hemingway
Mountain Pines
by Robinson Jeffers
Museum
by Glyn Maxwell
Ode to Solitude
by Alexander Pope
On the Terrace
by Landis Everson
R.I.P., My Love
by Tory Dent
Sex
by Michael Ryan
Skunk Hour
by Robert Lowell
Song of Myself
by John Canaday
Song of Quietness
by Robinson Jeffers
Sonnet V
by Mahmoud Darwish
Sympathy
by Edith Franklin Wyatt
The Creation
by James Weldon Johnson
The Daffodils
by William Wordsworth
The Hermit Goes Up Attic
by Maxine Kumin
The Living Beauty
by W. B. Yeats
The Long Deployment
by Jehanne Dubrow
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
by T. S. Eliot
The Sleepers
by Walt Whitman
The Suicide
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
the suicide kid
by Charles Bukowski
The Whole World Is Gone
by Jennifer Grotz
This Is a Photograph of Me
by Margaret Atwood
Those Winter Sundays
by Robert Hayden
WHERE?
by Kenneth Patchen
White Days
by Priscilla Becker
Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
by Walt Whitman
Why Is the Color of Snow?
by Brenda Shaughnessy
Your Catfish Friend
by Richard Brautigan