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Summer III

Across the forest, we sit

in a deer stand shaped like a heart.

A cry comes from the center of the woods

like wind blowing through a doll’s head.

There are birds that come out at night

just to be devoured by other birds.

I can’t make things happen faster

than they’re going to happen.

I know that now.

If your thick arms come out

of the shadows only to light smokes

or hold my hand expertly in yours,

I need to accept it.


Justin Lacour

Justin Lacour lives in New Orleans. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bayou, New Orleans Review (Web Features), Gasher, B O D Y, and other journals.