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MARRIAGE

oh cavalry mistook the boot for a flowering there on that ledge an embrace to last past

token tender

at times

how many ways we lean toward yet to be

to see clearly as though pulling the curtains farther apart

alight on the ledge you shrug down to shoelaces mistake the book for a flowering

just take and eat and go

THE MILLENNIUM SO FAR HAS BEEN DIFFICULT

The trouble with knives Is I can’t see you laughing That road doubles back means Science is feeding us Lies Touch this, I say, as the magnolia tree Shimmers It’s my hand Tapping time It’s not war.

Cheryl Quimba is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poems have appeared in Dusie, Phoebe, Tinfish, Everyday Genius, and 1913. She lives in Buffalo, New York.