Sorting through Documents at Dawn

three crosses appear

on the tv screen


following a

sweep of my hair


that felt like your hand


maybe i dreamt it

but i so badly


want it to be you

(in whatever form)




not in the light through

which you’ve disappeared


leaving us

with questions


what is your social insurance number

what is your mother’s maiden name




who am I now


(and in between

the writing



on perfectly pressed



a comma

and a curse


who were you)

Bibliographical info

Shirley Camia, "Sorting through Documents at Dawn". Copyright © Shirley Camia 2019. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. 

Source: Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019)

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