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LOST POEM By Armine Iknadossian I looked for you under the barstool underneath my wine glass you were mine for one half hour stolen by an oil-streaked man in an olive-colored suit pinky ring winking who molested you with his eyes extracted you from the wedge of my pocket smoothed you out decoded you in the alley outlaw rhythm of my beating eyelashes my bracelet trailed your shapely limbs as I transcribed you from the smoky air found you floating above the candles let you fall out of your gown loser to the noise and clatter we are summoned to grace amidst flowering pots you are the wink of an eye at midnight the end of a bumpy road is home at dusk the balmy air a shawl around your neck the streets that catered to your history the zipping of crickets the enchantment of the invisible green behind your house this is your home where skin sticks to skin sticks to everything black ovals on paper with curvy legs so the street lamp glows and black is the color of night so you are free here the railroad tracks reveal your moveable nature the sun rises in the hour of red and fantasy is a sliver of lemon sugared knuckles are guardians of hands living under bridges of skin the vigilante vein patrol that screams impact to a wall a hole in the afterbirth of jazz in the horn blows of the mad when your eyes left stains on your cheeks and necks were meant for kissing the rope is knotted a footstool is a sad friend realized -- Armine Iknadossian was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Pasadena, California. She received her BA from UCLA and an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has just completed her first manuscript, Gnosis. Publications include Pasadena City College's Inscape, UCLA's Wisteria, Cal State Northridge's Edges, Lounge Lit: An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction by the Writers of Literati Cocktail and Rhapsodomancy and zaum. "The Return" was a finalist in Backwards City Review's annual poetry contest.