Winter 2024 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 Poetry |

Buddy and Butterscotch, Water Goat in the Year of the Water Snake

After the wedding the cats started fighting. It was our little speedster Butterscotch. She touched the leaves of the pale China lantern. One way of explaining it (I think we enjoyed debating): I left my anger behind while we were honeymooning; you kept a daily vigil alone in the mornings, checking your inbox, beaten by a box, putting first things first. Imagine being surprised when discovering that the new pope is a short-term pope named Butterscotch. Together we planned the details of our trip, from the week leading up to, to the morning of our flight back. You promised to scoop the box more often when we got home. I thought that was a keen way of looking at things—me observing you leaving here. You vaulted from one bliss to another; you were offering me morning vigils.

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Duy Đoàn (pronounced zwē dwän / zwee dwahn) is the author of We Play a Game (Yale University Press, 2018), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. A Kundiman fellow, he received an MFA in poetry from Boston University. His second collection, Zombie Vomit Mad Libs, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November 2024.

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