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.