Happy Thanksgiving!

At the End of the Ride Lies Bethesda

for Guy

When we get on the Vamoose
to go to Sandy’s for Thanksgiving,
I’ll forget, again, to bring water
and eats for the four-hour trot.

I’ll live with my thirst, as I do,
but you’ll produce a bottle of
Dasani, small enough to carry
in your coat, big enough for us.

Knowing how hungry I get, you’ll
slip me a Ziploc bag of almonds,
raisins, sesame sticks, unsalted
peanuts, a homemade trail mix.

Tired of confessional verse,
I’ll take from you a section of the news.

by Koh Jee Leong, author of Seven Studies for a Self Portrait, Bench Press

About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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