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We Keep Missing Each Other

By Ace Boggess

Your call. Mine.

What did I want

to say to you?

To what did you allude

in the message

you didn’t leave

like a love letter

arriving too late

for the soldier

who dies tomorrow?

We have these voids,

missed opportunities.

We feel inadequate

as if trying to wind

a digital clock.

We don’t know

what to do

with our hands,

so wave from windows

a city apart.

No one sees us,

the air charged,

storm clouds ready

to gray the gap.


Ace Boggess is author of six books of poetry, most recently Escape Envy. His writing has appeared in Indiana Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Harvard Review, and other journals. An ex-con, he lives in Charleston, West Virginia, where he writes and tries to stay out of trouble. His seventh collection, Tell Us How to Live, is forthcoming in 2024 from Fernwood Press.


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