a sonnet

a sonnet

last summer
when you called
tellin me y’all
were having a girl
i struggled, but
managed to climb
up the highest shelf
in my Virginia kitchen
lifted my daddy’s
last bottle of bourbon
and late into the night
let Al Green explain
to me that loving a man
means letting him go

Tara M. Stringfellow’s debut novel Memphis will be published in 2022 (Dial Press / Penguin Random House). Her poetry appears in Collective Unrest, Minerva Rising, Jet Fuel Review, and Apogee Journal.
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