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Amber Ortolano

He stood taller than I
across from a wooden desk
at which I was sitting.

There was a cigarette pack
in the cigarette pocket
of his short-sleeved shirt.

It was summer, and hot. We were
lightly sweating, layered with innuendo. 

I spoke quietly as I do,
and he leaned in to listen.
favorite thing to read this
and how are you that.

He asked me, "who needs Berlin" and I said
"I guess it matters what state you're in."


There is laughter where there is good blood
and a good book in your hand. Invoked sadness, I said "it was nice to meet you" and he walked with boots on. 

 


[image: amber ortolano]
[italicized words borrowed from a song by leif vollebekk]