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Blame the Moon

for all those fools out
pacing streets & straddling corners.

blame the moon

when elbows & knees
search for you
under the downy comforter.

blame the moon

when you must unlearn your past,
that ‘yes’ & ‘no’ can mean
the same thing.

blame the moon

when you stare at the light fixture before
bed & notice it is shaped like a breast,
all chrome nipple & frosted cup.

blame the moon

when you can’t recognize yourself,
all flat hair & squint
in the bathroom light.

blame the moon

when your voice hovers, a whisper,
like the echo of wine glasses

blame the moon

for this night is nothing but a felt-tip
drawing, a rendering of
that time when you were in love.

 
 
 

Raina Lauren Fields is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. ​Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, ​The Collagist, PANK, ​Literary Mama, The Bakery, and Emerge,​ among others. ​Her manuscript, Last Rites for Uptown, has been a finalist for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize (2014), National Poetry Series (2013), Crab Orchard Poetry Series Open Competition (2013), and Crab Orchard Poetry Series First Book Award (2013). ​