The four stars I wished on that night you drove away
I. The stars were so eager to jump
Down my throat that night
Good god. They looked like shattered glass
I mean diamonds. A sea of spilled milk
To cry over.
I watched the reflection of the stars
In the lake like
They would turn me to stone if I dared
Look directly at them. The first jumped in and out of the water so quickly.
She was running from something.
I wish you would forgive me.
II. A stray fishing boat fished out
The hypocrisy I never saw in you.
It flashed in your gaze and I thought
I recognized it…
It disappeared into the
Black of your eyes.
I wish I had seen it sooner.
III. You wouldn’t look at me.
If I had known then what I know now
Neither Heaven nor Hell could separate
My fingers from meeting and
Severing the roadways your blood cells
Take to and from that heart of yours.
But we both know my fingerprints
Could never be found there.
I wish I was sorry.
IV. The stars were so eager that night.
I think they made it through my teeth
And maybe that’s why my voice cracked.
But there I was apologizing to a man.
I mean thief. Who never learned
How to say sorry.
I wish you hadn’t come back.
I wished I was sorry.
I wished I had seen it sooner.
I wished you would forgive me for
Wishing you never came back.