Chad Parenteau

Rookie (5/12/1973 / Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

The Cup

A girl walks across a room
acting like she doesn’t notice
the boys reaching behind her,
pretending to pull up her pink skirt
and white sweater—the outfit she knows they like.
In a yellowed-white china cup she holds
her mother’s favorite brand of tea,
dark as burnt wood.
As she walks to her reserved chair,

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