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For any that come back
You remember one doorbell, someone sunbathing
On a lawnchair. But you can’t find those hard, glossy
Rhododendron. Show some mercy to the wheelbarrow
On its side. It’s not a message. Leave it alone
As you would an angel in the middle of the field.
Sappho at the Ballet
we never knew
deep pearl snow lawn
Ribbon laces bare feet I would not
coins in my heart
Ears are wings.
but I love
short transparent dress
in my lap (sorrow)
somewhere you hold sweet peas
In your fist. O
I would not think to
When You Read To Me
somewhere a machine
makes a lace shawl fine enough
to pull through your ring
Gretchen Steele Pratt’s poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, The Southwest Review, The Boston Review, Indiana Review, The Gettysburg Review, Witness, AGNI Online, and on Poetry Daily.