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  You could have a big dipper   

your hands grasp the top of the door frame by Kate LaDew

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.

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