Sestina

toes

[64-year old Caucasian toes: photo by the Fool #0]

Sestina

—mickey morgan

He opened the envelope. She fell out.

Now when I need you most, you let me go.

She spilled to the floor partly draped over his foot.

Why don’t you ever cut your toenails—they dig into my back?

His toes felt funny—her body was oddly light.

You let me go and I landed on you—that’s funny.

He didn’t think it was funny, not even a little funny.

I know I should just get out.

His foot was far below. She was so light.

I should just leave you alone. I should just go.

He watched her twitch and opened the envelope to put her back.

But I can’t. The toes in my back remind me it’s your foot.

He bent down reaching with a hand to his foot.

I invest your tiniest moves with eager hope. To you I must seem funny.

When he arrived he was going to mail her back.

I get very worried you’re going to find me out.

He’d given her hints—she should just get out.

I know what that hand is going to do—put me back.

When he arrived he was going to mail her back.

You’re going to discover that I’m very light.

He’d opened the envelope. She’d fallen out

I can’t forget that I’m lying on your foot.

He didn’t think it was funny, not even a little funny.

Now when I need you most, you let me go.

He spread his fingers as he reached. He watched his hand go.

You let me go and I landed on my back.

I really feel funny. He didn’t think it was funny.

I’m really nothing. He just wanted something light.

I can’t leave your toes. His hand got closer to his foot.

I should just leave you alone. You should just get out.

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