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Clementines by Brian Le Lay

Books fell, pushing

the mason jar off the shelf, handle

no longer intact

curved chunks

of glass & tiny, glittering

fragments, clementine peels

& seeds left washing

in the sun, hardening

in an afternoon, tottering under the stove.

I swept them up

while you were away


the books in crooked watchtowers

on the floor around me, once

slanted creaking hardwood planks, now it's thin

brown carpet concealing cement.


Brian Le Lay likes to fiddle with language and find the funny. His poems have appeared in places like Drunk Monkeys, VAYAVYA, and Peach Mag.

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