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Not all things asymmetric are cubism

Teresa Petro
Poetry
In Ray-Bans and a sideways grin, / the rearview mirror / holding our laughs, / I pray…

"Not all things asymmetric are cubism,"

he tells me, when I say
my body is abstract,

We talk on the phone
as I move through the grey streets of Mount Washington,
tugging at my yellow short shorts.

On this warm spring day,
my thoughts are—

it's beautiful to be a human,
beautiful to be average,
the same as every other person in some way.

We were like high schoolers,
when we first met,
and later, after some silence, I imagine he says,
"I want to stay in the car with you
in my lap forever."

In Ray-Bans and a sideways grin,
the rearview mirror
holding our laughs,

I pray—,

let the glass reflect the image of our heads
mocking Siamese twins
or a Pablo Picasso painting.

Teresa Petro is poetry editor of Shady Side Review.Cave Moon Press, Radioactive Moat, Dot Dot Dash, and Weave Magazine, among others. Teresa enjoys vintage clothing, thrift store shopping, and used bookstores. She currently resides in the Washington, DC Metro area and teaches at Montgomery College. Teresa blogs at dog-earedpoetry.blogspot.com.

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