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Colette Tennant

When Blue Came to Visit

Blue sprawled on the couch

and teased my tabby cat.

Blue told me she loves to smell

the ink of new philosophies.

When I asked Blue if she was hungry,

she whispered umbilical three times.

Later that night, Blue said she was afraid

of the ocean at sunset.

How deep is the ocean? I wanted to ask.

Is it the deep that scares you?

I didn’t hear the door close when she left,

just strewn feathers in starlight.

Colette Tennant has five books, including Religion in The Handmaid's Tale: a Brief Guide, and three books of poetry. The most recent one, Sweet Gothic, was just published in November of 2023.

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