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Nursing dim lit heartbreak
Reflected in the red grocery
Store marquee
We didn’t want anything to happen
And didn’t try
She leaned in to the void
The oxygen disappeared
But
She talked about her boyfriend
The plans for graduation and beyond
We watched the
Last strains of the
Whatever this was
Play out
Before I drove her home


John Madigan is a poet of the Midwest. Originally from Chicago, he has been published nationwide in the United States in a wide variety of journals including most recently in the Spectrum Literary Journal from the University of California Santa Barbara. John now resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 


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