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,
including
Poetry, Ploughshares and The Virginia Quarterly Review. His honors
include a "Discovery"/
The Nation Award, the Sjoberg Translation Prize and a
Fulbright Scholarship. He teaches at Drew University.