I Leave You Listed
Lynn McGee
I leave you listed as my partner 
on Facebook
for the same reason you keep 
Dusty's cone-shaped 
collar from the vet's in your attic, 
white plastic gaping 
on the floor near a shaft of light, 
dust motes swimming 
toward heaven. 
It isn't that I'm lying about you, 
as much as lying 
about that dream I still fold myself 
into—and you, I think, still love 
the gentle race dog 
hobbling on three legs, 
but more than that, you miss being 
her protector, the one who 
knows what's best, who makes 
things right.
Lynn McGee's poems recently appear in The Same, The American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry ReviewHawai'i Review, 2 Bridges ReviewBluestem and The New Guard. Her manuscript, Wheel of Ice, was a nominee for the McGovern Prize out of Ashland University, and earlier poems were published in the Ontario ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlySun MagazinePhoebe and elsewhere. Her chapbook Bonanza won the Hudson Valley Writer's Center/Slapering Hol Press manuscript contest, and she earned an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. Today, Lynn is a public affairs writer and lives in Brooklyn.


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