21 April, 2020: Something About the Pink Sky
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Something About the Pink Sky
by Kevin Latimer
i am jotting down my sins on pink paper cranes.
i write them in pen. shameful things: i loved a man
once. my mother says, there is something wrong
with a boy who won’t finish his dinner before his dessert.
i always give into temptation: the chocolate in the pantry,
this poem, me. i am alive or i am dead depending on my closeness
to the sun: too close & i bubble up; my skin bursting at the nerve-seams.
& it is here that i see the meaning of salvation: millions of us walking
in the desert, cranes cupped in our hands. then at once, we open them.
in the sky: something pink & orange & paper.
“Something About The Pink Sky” by Kevin Latimer, from jubilat issue 36. December, 2019. Used by permission of the author.
Kevin Latimer is a poet from Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Editor in Chief of BARNHOUSE Journal.
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