Early

She laughs about her parents getting so pissed
when she refused to quit skydiving. He’s played
some squash but given it up—a plate and screw in his wrist.

            She worries some about her tendency to walk
            a step ahead of her friends. He’s afraid
            that, at gatherings, he’d rather listen than talk.

                        Into her third Dark and Stormy she asks, “Jeez,
                        is it too early to bring up kids?” He’s had made,
                        should need for them arise, duplicate keys.

William Aarnes has published two collections with Ninety-Six Press—Learning to Dance (1991) and Predicaments (2001)—and a third collection, Do in Dour, from Aldrich Press (2016). His work has appeared in such magazines as Poetry, FIELD, and Red Savina Review.

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