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Sara Hughes

A Simile for His Name

Just as whiskey
takes the shape
of a hip flask,
his name
takes the shape
of my mouth,
the brown honey
of each syllable
lingering
on my tongue,
and the risk I take
holding it in,
and the risk I take
spitting it out,
turn his name
to liquid fire,
a dark desire
igniting my throat.

Sara Pirkle Hughes is a Southern poet, an identical twin, a breast cancer survivor, and a university instructor living in Macon, Georgia.  http://www.saraphughes.com/

 

 

 

Sara Hughes

After He Leaves

When you find yourself cooing to the window,
“Pretty please, Pretty please,”
in your most coy voice,
remember: this too will end,
and in the kitchen, a slice of watermelon
juicy as a mouth, begs to be bitten.

Sara Hughes earned a Ph.D. in English from Georgia State University in 2014, and she teaches literature and creative writing at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.