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"In Your Version of Heaven I Am Younger"
Rachel Zucker

In your version of heaven I am blond, thinner,
but not so witty. In the movie version of your version
of heaven you fight God to come back to me.
It is a box office hit because you are an unbelievable character.
Nothing is real except the well-timed traffic accident
which costs 226 thousand dollars.

In real life, I am on a small bridge over a small creek.
Then it isn't a bridge but a stadium. Then a low table.
A sense of knowing the future.
There is no clear location of fear.
I want you to say you will abandon your dissertation.
I want you to ask the man in the green scrubs if I was pregnant.

Put on the preservers! they announce. They are under your seats!
Time to tell your wife a few last things. People are puking
in the rows around us. The jacket's sweaty and too big.
We are, in this version, an image of hope.

The broadcasters are just now sniffing us out.
I am pregnant but don't know it and can't know
the fetus would have been, in any event, not viable.
No one survives. No one comes down with cancer.
The fade-out leaves a black screen over the sound of water.

The review says it is a film noir. The letter to the editor
says the reviewer should go back to college. The reviewer
is in graduate school writing a thesis about movies
that were never made. If they are made he will not get tenure.
If we die he has a small chance at success. A young woman
writes in: it should, more properly, have been called an embryo.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
i love it
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
The last sentence is killer.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
"There is no clear location of fear."

Apr. 3rd, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
That's the line that I've got in my head too.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
This is cool.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
I should tell you... Before I came to exceptindreams, poetry was a sporadic thing for me. Just once in a while, and mostly with a small cohort of my favorite poets. But now it's a daily thing and my universe of poets has expanded tremendously. Thanks for maintaining this community so well. It has been a really enriching experience for me, and many others I'm sure.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
i agree!! i used to have little tolerance for poetry, but reading a poem once a day has been a great way to be introduced to it. and you always pick such wonderful ones!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I am happy you are enjoying the poetry. If you ever have any suggestions, please feel free to email me (exceptindreamsATgmailDOTcom).
Apr. 3rd, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you are liking it. Since I started this project, my knowledge of different poets has grown, but I am still in the dark about so many of the famous poets, especially the more classical ones. If you have any suggestions for poems, contemporary or classic, please email me.
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