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JASPER READS

FOURTH OF JULY Poem by Colena Corbett

Will always mean: golden neck ties the color of man’s shirt His Father’s Day party, he smiles here with his son there behind His brood on either side How to explain rain to a five-year-old How babies are made & when do they come out & why pop isn’t coming back Like in this picture, our son asks Each night you wake up a different man Floating from room to room You slept next to our son unbeknownst to him You were a red ballon

I walked with your mother on wet sand in August The stories of birds calm her When she was a girl they never went to the shore Her father didn’t believe in danger for the argument She walked with her grandson as he chased the ebb Sea froth that washed his wiry ankles made thin sprays of sand on his chestnut legs Wandering near him an egret

Colena Corbett is writing about love for a change. She is a Callaloo Writers’ Workshop fellow. Her work has appeared in Folio Journal, The the Poetry, and elsewhere. She lives in Charlotte, N.C. 60

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