H E R M E N E U T I C C H A O S J O U R N A L
Diana’s maple has been in the yard since the day after
Hopscotch in December. Marbles in March.
Diana bought paint today,
to spruce up each room. She calls it Kleine Rosemarie.
She gives me a primer and a roller tray and too much
blue tape but she smiles and her ears rise just a little bit
higher and makes me wonder how I thought
I couldn't love her.
The kitchen is the first to go and maybe, she says,
the dining room, second. I don’t know what we’ll do
with the walkways. If she’ll ask for caulk and white paint
or if we won’t say anything, leaving
the marks on the doorframe like scars we give
each other. Thirty-nine inches cut into the molding.
Christine Degenaars is a senior at Boston College fulfilling a major in English. In the past, she has been published in Stylus, Boston College's oldest and largest literary magazine, Laughing Medusa, Boston College's women's literary magazine, and Plain China: Best Undergraduate Writing, an online anthology of poetry and fiction written by college students. Even after she graduates, she hopes to continue her passion for writing.
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