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Love Language by Kyla Houbolt

I'm a poet with a chainsaw

which means I don't have one

all I have are these cheap plastic flowers

which I also don't have.

fortunately this is not a hospital

or if it is, it is well disguised.

let's go, says the doctor

I have need of your chainsaw

even if imaginary because

wow, is it raining so hard now

so we cut the parking lot

into individual serving-size

slices, and pass them around

among the faithful

we can tell who the faithful are

easily: they have no chainsaws

and their heads are bowed down

like the cheap plastic flowers

or like real ones, after

a hard rain.


Kyla Houbolt (she, her) occupies Catawba territory in Gastonia, NC. Her first two chapbooks, Dawn's Fool and Tuned were published in 2020. More about them on her website, Her individually published pieces online can be found on her Linktree. She is on Twitter @luaz_poet.

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