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Patrick Kindig is a dual MFA/PhD candidate at Indiana University. He is the author of the micro-chapbook Dry Spell (Porkbelly Press 2016), and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Willow Springs, CutBank, Bombay Gin, and other journals. 

B Y   P A T R I C K   K I N D I G

larkin says, & he is wrong. what will
survive are the photos, the 

blood-pattern of the brain remembering
you in the grand canyon. that

desert car ride afterward, the heat
& the rain & how we both thought

we would fall off the road’s shoulder. what 
will survive is what love becomes

later, when one feels too little
& the other feels too long

& he needs to learn how to hate or he
will die. it is the year lived through

& separately, the habit of avoiding 
your favorite bar, the gym

in the afternoon. it is the birthday card 
you bought last october, the one still 

on my mantle. the word that comes before 
your name in pencil. smudged, hard to read.