Consummation

in the Easter-

yellow-tiled bathroom

of our one room

three month lease

he tells me while

brushing his teeth

about how his grand-

parents honeymooned

here 

(converted motel)

(Birmingham Alabama)

(Big City South)

(view of the parking lot)

I think of their

first-time 

missionary

and wonder if

it hurt

or if they talked after

about their grandparents’ honey-

moon or if they expected

their granddaughterson to share

a bed with me

behind one of these re-

painted doors


By Delaney Porter

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