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First Time You Meet Her Parents

Tom Zimmerman

grass stains on your jeans, / hung over, glasses missing, / queasy over diner pancakes, butter, maple / syrup, carried home / like Dionysus (student / in you writes) the night / before, a woman on / each side, you nursing new / and old imagined wounds, / your hand atremble on / the coffee cup, you want / to kiss her, meds not kicking / in, self-consciousness / impossible to shake, / a tick dug in between / your shoulder blades, inherent / in the metaphor / is blood, wide river you / will travel on with her / for days then months then years, / but first the grayheads: Hi.


Thomas Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits The Big Windows Review at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Poems of his have appeared recently in The Beatnik Cowboy, Bombfire, and These LInes. Tom's website:

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