home remedies

I left you a message
on someone else’s machine–
they listened to it twice
before calling back to hand me
the apologize you never got around to;
told me things would
fall into place.

there are home remedies
for just about everything now,
and as I sink into
a bottle of our favorite whiskey
I wonder if there are such remedies
for those who never knew home.

can things fall into place
when you’ve always been unrooted,
lost and wandering–
wondering when your number
stopped being your number,
wondering when my father
stopped being my father,
wondering when the absence
will stop feeling so lonely.

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