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So many years have passed

since the tragic loss of your bosom,

described by Plato himself

as surpassing the power of language—

all across our American highways,

the slick tableaux of truck stops

speak to the same want

for nature’s koan, for adipose

with or without gowns thin as tissues.

Tonight, more than Athens,

more than the cinders of Alexandria

or this daily strain on democracy,

I mourn your lost breasts.

If only Plato thought to note

whether they were haiku or sestinas.

If only we, too, could be

loved for what costs us nothing.


Michael Meyerhofer’s second book, Blue Collar Eulogies, is forthcoming from Steel Toe Books. His first book, Leaving Iowa, won the Liam Rector First Book Award. He has also published four chapbooks. His work has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Strange Horizons, Ploughshares, Quick Fiction, River Styx and others. Michael can be reached by email at: mrmeyerhofer@bsu.edu.



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