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Issue SixIssue Six PoetryPoetry

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By Sandra Renew




lifelong partners

charismatic lives           no mention

of the other in orbituary

Stella was a star but where is she in Clare’s biography


gloss over the pronouns at family lunch

counteract with extremes of hair management –

hair cut? short? you mean like a boy?

in your face, off your face, face off

ragged razor cut, not out of place


she only hooks up with

gender neutral names

no need to explain

a Jordan, Sage or Taylor

Avery, Shay, Dakota


we say it’s there

the legals erase it

together in fact

but not in church or court

or even closet


marriage with wedding

a girl thing with two girls

the relationship is out there

we all see it

not it’s strange if we don’t do it