1. Refrain

    I buy tomatoes, I buy onions, I buy tea.
    The pantry is stocked with sweets but my tongue
    needs savory. Here is my troublesome past
    come back– it coasts across the interstate
    without brakes, slaps down the bill, rearranges
    all the furniture. Out there, a white haze smudges
    the bank above the road. A brown thrasher in the yard
    mouths everything twice: *Consider, consider.*
    What I imagine he says is good advice.

    ~ Luisa A. Igloria
    04 25 2011

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