Denise R. Weuve

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A Kind of Hurricane Press Awards

I am pleased to announce that two of my poems were finalist for the A Kind of Hurricane Press Editor’s Choice AwardsMy poem When to Tell Him That You Love Him received  Honorable Mention.  My thanks to Amy Huffman and April Salzano for the kindness.

 

Here is the revised version of the poem that placed, enjoy!

When to Tell Him That You Love Him

Wait
until he is in the kitchen
cleaning lunch dishes and you
are walking away.
Make sure the water runs heavy and loud.
 
Mouth the words
never daring to let the sound escape
as he leaves the table to pour
another cranberry vodka                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
to keep you under.
 
Sign it distinctly
as he hunches over to check
the air in the tires
explaining for the 8th time
how you can do this yourself.
 
Etch it in the sky
when he is looking downstream
waiting for salmon to hook on his line
so he can show you the dinner
you make him throw back
 
Store it away
in an old shoebox,
place it in the paper bag he brought oranges
from Dansville in.  The one that said
“Don’t touch. Just hers.”
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