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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