Rita Dove’s Birthday

75 sunrises ago you didn’t even exist
and then on the 240th night of this year
you appeared out of nowhere
and supposedly on this day
Herschel discovered a new moon of Saturn
and exactly 4 hours and twenty minutes into
my exposure to your essence
it felt official already
like the Manhattan murders that made the Miranda Rights
and now every half a second
that I spend in your arms is etched in a historical archive
like riots in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention
and I’m convinced god is a formula
a cosmic wind
that took exactly 39 years
longitudinally speaking
to swirl my chemical dust
into your brain wave
when the Eastern Orthodox celebrate St Hermes…


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