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Recently Published in the Echo Literary Journal


Will you go downtown with me,

a little drunk but not too much,

dressed in jeans and shoulder-free

running before me up sticky back stairs.


I could be your leprechaun in plaid.

Listen to my friends. They know how long

I’ve liked you. They say the words I can’t.

Stop smiling so my heart can slow.


But be my cherry-wine sparkling sip of

poor taste music and pitchered sugar-sweet,

my bible girl with the shining eyes,

clasped hands on red-draped knees.


You’re the remnant of early-morning dark—

refractive stripes and close-shaved heads,

my stuffed-mouth secrets and later-tell mistakes.

My glass-cased girl, my first and final year.

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