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Monday, October 09, 2017


by Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco

Of all
people I

should be more
sympathetic, should

be kinder to
The Woman Who Loved

all, I have
been her,

sitting next
to a dark window

on the plane,
with the shadow

of the plane
lost in the ocean

with the person

I loved

to all kindness. But
I can’t

get past her picture (not

her fault), how she

is smiling
and a fingertip of white hair

on her forehead (not
her fault)

shows she didn’t touch
the color up

and blue is all
around her like a
halo, and she’s

happy, and I

hate her
hate her
hate her

because, then,
she didn’t know

she wanted
to be loved

because it’s too hard
after all
to be so


Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco lives in California's Central Valley, and co-edits One Sentence Poems. Her chapbook Various Lies is available from Finishing Line Press.