Light tan #35

By Cosmo Halterman de Ochoa

In Texas I am white

But I am browner in the Mitten

 

When it’s winter I bronze with the moon

Cool in blues

Round face, round body, white like

A baby’s bottom

 

A white baby, that is

 

When it’s summer I don’t think

About much of anything

Just that I’ve never been skiing

No pizza, french-fry, slip fall

No slope in Utah, or of my nose

 

Just hills

 

When I’m away it’s always freezing

I’m always cold

 

At home I’m in the sun

Crisping, turning on glitter beaches

On hot red dirt, concrete pressed in patterns

I’m fine like sands through a sieve

I’m thick like leather

About to be tanned

 

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