BY Mario Duarte

I still remember the turquoise
colored shirt you wore in Santa Fe,_________________
________________short sleeved and modestly buttoned
______that last summer you let me pull it off.
___________How I used it to dry your tears,
before the sighing door closed behind us.___

Mario Duarte is a Mexican American writer and an Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumnus. His poems and short stories have appeared in Bones, Native Skin, Many Nice Donkeys, New Croton Review. New work is forthcoming in iō Literary Journal, Mannequinhaus, and his short story collection “Monkeys” will be released in 2024. Follow him on Instagram.

Image Credit: “Rocky Outcropping” by Jennifer Weigel