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36| Farm Boys

Talin Tahajian

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I find you swimming, cheeks flushed
        like summer squash. Your father’s screams
echo against the riverbed as he drags you
        by your earlobe from the sweet lick
of Indiana freshwater. I wish it were Thursday night
        again, Molly piercing through your flesh
with a needle from her grandmother’s sewing kit,
        with a diamond she stole from her aunt.
Now your ear bleeds, sore and crusty, diamond
        popped from its socket like an arrowhead.
Your father ripens, flesh maddened, a husk,
        the blood, war paint, water clouding like dusk.

Talin Tahajian grew up near Boston. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, Word Riot, DIAGRAM, Hobart, Washington Square Review, and on Verse Daily. She currently serves as a poetry editor for The Adroit Journal, and she is an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, where she studies English literature and attempts to assimilate.

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