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July 5, 2018 Poetry

FIVE POEMS

Jacqueline Young

FIVE POEMS photo

To-may-to To-mah-to

You say tomorrow
I say right now

Let’s call the whole thing off
 

An Hour or Two of Guided Meditation

The bathroom fan 
chants while I

in half-lotus
pluck stubble from

my belly
 

Origins of the Milky Way

Supine
my breasts

happily
nourish no

one


Acquiesce

as in child’s pose—

the instructor tells us
to spread our knees

make room
for our bellies
to rest

my belly is full
of last night’s
excess

the liquor rolls
I roll with it
 

The Distance Formula

Each body has
its own 
unique 
rhythm

I’d rather 
you 
not listen 
to mine

image: Aaron Burch


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