“I’m Sorry I Forgot to Tell you I was Leaving” by Haley Morgan McKinnon

I’m sorry i forgot to tell you I was leaving



as I am

nine hundred and sixty-five miles away

from you

I watch a video clip of us

from New Year’s Eve


and over


you pull me in to you and kiss me

and on our faces is all of the love

we have jumped through rings of fire for


on the other side of my window, down over a slope of cliff

is the midnight buzz of LA which is not home


you are home

you are home

with our friends getting high and I

am falling asleep in strange beds



are nine hundred and sixty-five miles apart and that

is just a quarter of the miles that are left

the miles that in the weeks to come I will

voluntarily put between us



it is all I can do

to keep from missing you too soon


Artist Bio:
Haley Morgan McKinnon is a poet and playwright based in Portland, OR. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Pacific University, and works as an editor for Cascadia Rising Review. Her work has been previously published in The Almagre Review, and more can be found online on New Play Exchange, or on Instagram at hmm.writer.
About Whitney Sweethttp://fatwomenare.wordpress.comBio: Whitney Sweet is a poet and writer of fiction. Her work has been included in A&U Magazine, as well as Mentor Me: Instruction and Advice for Aspiring Writers anthology. She is the winner of the 2014 Judith Eve Gewurtz Memorial Poetry Award. Her poetry will be included in the forthcoming Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (October 2018) and essays can be read in the Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Poets (2019) She is the creator and editor of T.R.O.U. Lit. Mag, a literary magazine dedicated to love and diversity. Whitney holds an MA in Communication and Culture from York University, as well as a BA in Creative Writing and English. When she isn’t writing you might find her laughing with her husband, napping, knitting, cooking, or petting her dogs.

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