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Nicole Sealey shares a love poem, dedicated to her husband.

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Poem: Object Permanence (2017) by Nicole Sealey
Read from Ordinary Beast: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062688828/ordinary-beast/

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My name is Nicole Sealey and I'll be reading Object Permanence for John Murillo and this poem is a love poem to my husband so that's why I'll be reading it today.

object permanence

[for john]

We wake as if surprised the other is still there,
each petting the sheet to be sure.

How have we managed our way
to this bed--beholden to heat like dawn

indebted to light.  Though we're not so self-
important as to think everything

has led to this, everything has led to this.
There's a name for the animal

love makes of us--named, I think,
like rain, for the sound it makes.

You are the animal after whom other animals
are named.  Until there's none left to laugh,

days will start with the same startle
and end with caterpillars gorged on milkweed.

O, how we entertain the angels
with our brief animation.  O,

how I'll miss you when we're dead.