Pete Tells Me Things

by Melissa Turkey

The tomato tree in his front yard for example
and the pond we’ll dig at the top of the hill
despite the lack of water

The sunset is broken in office tower windows
and we’re drinking red wine
from plastic hospital cups

When he coughs the stitches
in his chest pull loose

He tells me there was a shark once
in Micronesia he slit its belly
and watched it swim away without a heart

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