Road Work

By Linda Kunhardt Linda Kunhardt Read the Q & A
“So,” she said, sipping tea from a Chinese oxblood cup,
“did anything good happen because of your divorce?”

“Well, my emotional palette is wider now. It includes
colors like,” I paused... “like that.” I pointed to the cup.

                      In southeast Winnemucca
                            bypass Route 7 connects
                      two segments of Route 2

                                   I love you

                      and is resigned as Route 2
                            although Route 7 is never
                      erotically part of Route 2.

“Quite a price to pay for a palette. But I heard Munch’s
just went for $750,000 at Sotheby’s in London.”

“I heard that too. I think he used a color like oxblood
when he painted The Scream. I’m in better shape.”

Source: Poetry (December 2011).

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This poem originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2011

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