PATRICK PHILLIPS


Falling


The truth is that I fall in love
so easily because
it's easy.

It happens
a dozen times some days.
I've lived whole lives,

had children,
grown old, and died
in the arms of other women

in no more time
than it takes the 2-train
to get from City Hall to Brooklyn,

which brings me back
to you: the only one
I fall in love with

at least once every day--
not because
there are no other

lovely women in the world,
but because each time,
dying in their arms,

I call your name.
CAVE WALL PRESS, LLC
Patrick Phillips’s first book, Chattahoochee (Arkansas 2004), was awarded the
2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poems have appeared in many magazines,  include
a "Discovery"/ Award, the Sjoberg Translation Prize and a
The Fulbright Scholarship.
He teaches at Drew University.