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If You Like Piña Coladas

by Carolyne Whelan

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Walking home from Tazza d'Oro the sky
sliced, you point up
and curse, the man behind us
says, "this world is absurd
and wonderful" and taunts
his Pomeranian
to a jog, the tiny thing
nipping at his pant legs
in this slicing heat.

We laugh, you and I,
opening the sky like
a pantry shelf collapsing,
splashing into our hot coffee, cutting it
like any other drug.
The rain is cool.
We don't bother running home.

— Carolyne Whelan

Carolyne Whelan received her master's of fine art degree in poetry and nonfiction at Chatham University in 2009, where she was a finalist for Best Thesis. She was awarded a full fellowship scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center, an honorable mention in the Sacramento Poetry Center's Prize for a Single Poem, and a Jan-Ai fellowship, and was awarded an anonymous gift for her contributions to Pittsburgh's literary community. Her first chapbook, The Glossary of Tania Aebi, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming most recently in Blue Heron and Sugar House. She lives in Pittsburgh's Four Mile Run and is the poetry editor for the Lime Hawk Arts Collective.

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