tensed, as if you’re holding up the whole house
I’ve never seen you relaxed, not once
and I want to poke you in the belly so your arms fall,
I do, and your grip loosens
making you step back, surprised.
as the house falls down around us,
your palm flattens over where I touched you
and we smile at each other, plaster in our hair
Kate LaDew (she/her) is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Studio Art. She lives in Graham, NC with her cats, Charlie Chaplin and Janis Joplin.