First Crocuses

Donald Platt

                          They are the colors
of my dead father’s Lenten chasuble, royal purple with one huge gold
                              cross, as he celebrated

the early Sunday morning mass. No, these crocuses are the colors
                              of my first girlfriend’s
striped panties as I groped her on the balcony of the Mahaiwe...

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Donald Platt has published six books of poetry, including Man Praying and Tornadoesque. He has been awarded two individual artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three Pushcart Prizes.
Originally published:
April 1, 2018

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