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Fawn

 

I watched a boy

grow into a man

and became sad.

 

He was born

in Iowa where

it’s so cold and

snakes don’t

need a reason

to come out

of the corn.

 

People hunt

animals there.

Boys learn to

shoot early

and identify

themselves by

the blood on

their hands.

 

I held a heart

once. A real

one. I stood

over a kitchen

sink with my

thumbs pressed

into the purple tissue.

 

It smelled like rain.




Kristin LaFollette