Katie Manning


My husband and I run across
our college campus,
staying in the shadows
of guard shacks
and chapels.

On the brick lane beside the cafeteria,
the T-Rex
crushes alumni
names to anonymous dust.
He's looking for us.

We slip into the English building,
crouch in the inner corridor.
I take out
the large egg
I've concealed in my backpack,
and we watch
our son hatch
quietly in the dark.

Katie Manning is the author of three poetry chapbooks: The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman (Point Loma Press, 2013), Tea with Ezra (Boneset Books, 2013), and I Awake in My Womb (Yellow Flag Press, 2013). Her poems have been published in many anthologies and journals, including New Letters, PANK, Poet Lore, and So to Speak. She teaches poetry at Azusa Pacific University. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.

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