After The Skinny Repeal Is Voted Down

by Shane McCrae
Illustration by Amy Kurzweil

After The Skinny Repeal Is Voted Down

Shane McCrae
36 Snaps

Even if only     as one breath they

Something of them     will help my daughter’s

Child if she chooses     to have a child to

Be whole     even as ash     in the wind then

In a dark cloud     then in the rain then

In a bright cloud-white blossom blossom-

ing then     in the ripe fruit     then cold in

Cold orange juice in a white cup the

Four strangers at     a Wendy’s at a

Table across the room     I hear them

Talking about their children’s children

That one is doing better now in

School and what made the difference and

Whether one really should have gotten

A car for Christmas     as around us

Clear windows are obscured by clear rain

I breathe the words they say to each other

We live and die apart together

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