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Summer an anti-shadow, diamond-bladed,
and you, the soft-bodied starfish, the bell,
a slim Business Relationships to be opened. Patience,
profusion. Nothing less than a pageant:
caught breath and the current, pulling
and pulling and pulling and pulling.
I dig my heels in and wish
for spurs: she must be pushed
from the stall into the field.
But close to home, she hastens
on her own. I rock like a rowboat
in my saddle, grip the horn.
We hope to break her, teach her
no difference between the exile
and the arrival.
About Katherine Fallon
Katherine Fallon attended Bryn Mawr College and claimed her MFA from Sarah Lawrence. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rogue Agent, 3Elements, Permafrost, Meridian, Colorado Review, and others. Her chapbook, The Toothmakers’ Daughters, is available through Finishing Line Press. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Writing & Linguistics and lives an overly-emotional lifestyle with aplomb. She can be found on Instagram @ghostelephants.