A Plot to Put Him
Out of His Misery
by Rachel Gippetti
Here from the balcony
I see you in the cacti: camouflaged, bristling,
drowning in the sprinkler system.
To think I wouldn’t see you here.
I feel guilty—I mean, sun burnt.
I will let you use my snorkel.
Beautiful water, blue like drain cleaner.
Be wary, the mask leaks.
Use caution, the coral stings.
I tousle your sandy curls.
You swallow your bubbles.
I hold you under.
Rachel Gippetti was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Approximately
five years ago, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she completed
a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth.
Gippetti’s first children’s book, Time-Travelling Train on the Tamar
Valley Line, was published by the University of Plymouth Press in May
of this year. Her poetry is also forthcoming in The Stinging Fly and
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