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September 8, 2020 Poetry

Late June on the North Side of Town

Tyler Dillow

Late June on the North Side of Town photo

Late June on the North Side of Town

We are in a paleteria eating lime & chamoy ice cream—
or is it sorbet? On our walk over here we talked
about ginkgo leaves & how they offer the perfect
amount of shade for a porch & how we hate limestone

buildings, even if they could be nice—
which they aren’t— why would you pick limestone?
It’s hot out & we are in the shade.
You complain about forgetting socks
or how you aren’t wearing the right shoes for walking.

You spoon-feed me the little chunks of lime
left in the ice cream & tell me, if you know what you’re doing,
you drizzle chamoy over every bite. It’s better.

It is better & we know, the bright green
& deep red spoonfuls mean more
than whatever building you end up in.

 

image: Dorothy Chan


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