The 2021 Detroit Metro Times Fiction Issue

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That Place

By Dunya Mikhail

I want that place

and you in it as always:

how you remember my flower

kept in the refrigerator.

I want that place

and I in it as always:

the candy moon we put

under our pillows

to dream of those who will love

us tomorrow.

I know the trees

in your garden and how they grow

quietly like grandmothers,

and how the gravity pulls light

into your hands.

Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi-American poet and writer. "That Place" originally appeared in In Her Feminine Sign, published by New Directions in 2019.



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