The City in Which I Love You

After Li Young Lee

For the girl who sketches cities

~

The moment you drew this city, it was lost,
and you no longer held a sketch, but a map
to lost things – its crooked alleys, smudges

from stray raindrops diverting
the lover to different places, different topics
as if someone had just told him

a good apology, one that allows, at least,
forgetfulness. Until he begins believing again
that lost and gone occupy different rooms

in the district of language –
And lost finds itself across the corridor
of found, which is why I continue searching

this drawing for your fingerprints, why I find
so much meaning in rubbing them out
for good: This is the only thing

you have left me
and I do not think I can love you
in any other city.

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