Heather Hughes



ASK AS SOFT

ask as soft
as you grass,
wall, lightning -
all yes. all ambulance.

most. first. harder.
the conditional all
in sleeveless summer -
accidental electric yes.

drastic like heat
-sheet- cloud to cloud;
likewise seasonal.
mostly chance

that you could stoop
to love,
as you love gravel-
voiced men and delicacy.






Heather Hughes works for a variety of literary journals and her poems have recently appeared in Grain, Saw Palm, and Prick of the Spindle. She would like to thank MAB for this one.







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