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November 12, 2014 | Poetry

5 Poems

Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco

5 Poems photo

POSTCARD

It is just beautiful –
the waves look like nothing

and the stars

choke on the air.

 

VARIOUS DISTANCES

I still can see you,
on the steps without
a coat,

because I said
it wouldn’t rain.

The spots on your new shirt
were distant suns
that would outlive us.

 

MY FATHER’S DOGS

My father dreamed
of dogs:

coils of teeth
and narrow eyes.

He fought them
in his sleep
beneath antique
chandeliers

and hotel ceilings.

He told me I was safe

but he would not say
their names.

 

CLUB POOL

Tan lines on my feet
are marking borders
like parched grass.

 

BEFORE I LOST YOU

It was August –
dumb with heat.

The sweat against my neck
was an old scar – a flash
of gold.

Our thighs burned
on the seat

of the old fishing boat
your father never used.

On the reservoir we drifted over canyons,
kicked our feet swimming a mile above
old riverbeds and skeletons
of trees.

We didn’t realize that water was a grave:
bright and stunned.

I still think of your pale hand,
on the boat’s thin metal heart,

pressing gently.

 

image: Trevor Powers


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