Leah Browning

Rookie (1973- / New Mexico)

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The Patchwork Poem

Skin scrubbed clean and glowing
after a shower, the scent of shampoo.

Lying in bed on a winter morning
with the baby asleep between us.

Our fingers pressed together
in the dark of a movie theater.

The sound of laughter. Always,
the sound of laughter.

Walking downtown
and back home again.

Night by the river.
What you said, what I said.

I’ll bind these things together,
trim the loose threads, work until

the separate pieces
form one piece—skin-soft,

yet durable, too, because
I mean it to last you ...

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I am undressing right now,
in front of you. It’s not
a sexual act, but an act
of devotion. Look: you can see me.

I unbutton my blouse, slide my skirt
down over my hips. I kick off
my shoes. Here I am, stripping down

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