7 December

By Kate Greenstreet Kate Greenstreet
Men are trading their bullets for worms.
“I spent a lifetime building.”
 
We come down from the mountains. We brought eggs, a table, a windowshade. There were times when we couldn’t bring anything. So many people.
 
As you were walking up the hill and I was walking down, we almost passed each other. But I grasped your arm and backed up. You said: “This is what I look like now.”


Kate Greenstreet, "7 December" from The Last 4 Things. Copyright © 2009 by Kate Greenstreet.  Reprinted by permission of Ahsahta Press.

Source: The Last 4 Things (Ahsahta Press, 2009)

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Poet Kate Greenstreet

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Life Choices, Time & Brevity, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

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A graphic artist and painter, Kate Greenstreet is the author of the poetry collections case sensitive (2006) and The Last 4 Things (2009), which she published with a DVD of short films based on the book. Her chapbooks include Learning the Language (2005), Rushes (2007), This is why I hurt you (2008), and CALLED (2011).

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, Time & Brevity, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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