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Remembering Hector
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They’ll tell you that Kentucky bluegrass isn’t really blue.
But perhaps they’ve never seen it at that curious moment
when the ground wakes up and yawning drops of
morning stretch across each slick blade.
I get up early every morning when I come back,
finding my way to the back porch
with a cup of my father’s strong brew.
Everyone else sleeps in,
clinging to the quiet for just a bit longer
before the birds and the smell of country ham
draw them from their rooms.
Settling into my favorite chair with my woman’s bones,
I see with gentler eyes, wide-open.
He came for the stripping season,
when shirtless centurions worked the tobacco 12 hours a day,
cutting leaf from stalk and earth,
leaving the barns bulging with yellow skin hung up to dry.
He was machismo, arrogant and stubborn and
I gave in, every time,
because he was beautiful in the afterglow.
The first time I got a pile of crap in my mailbox,
I thought it was a joke.
But when they wrote “Mexican Slut”
in the dust on my father’s Monte Carlo,
I knew we were not enough for a place
where each race had their own part of town.
We spent our last night by the swinging bridge,
finding that grassy spot just above the crick.
He slept before me, and I rested on his chest,
trying to bury myself in the fascinating curve of his mouth.
The sun rose too soon that morning,
glinting off the bluegrass like a
burning, rural spotlight.
There were words that should have been said,
but by the time we headed back to town,
he was already gone.
This morning, the grass is a lapis-lazuli blue,
warmed by a Sun which touches
but does not burn the sky.

An Original Poem by Kathryn Cody

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