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Why He Got Divorced Again


Because like the man he saw

in the emergency room

in Seward, Alaska, no bigger

than your average Burger King,

hard against a mountain

that keeps the fog in town,

who had got drunk and macheted

an arm off hacking alders


and was helicoptered away

from waking at three a.m.

the next morning to spend twelve hours


on someone else’s boat,

who was never able to lose

the smell of fish, he knew

the rains were here again

and something had to give.




Mark Jackley