While Walking My Dog in Utah County on a Thursday

by Kendra Nuttall

I watch my dog press into the macabre perfume
of a baby bird’s corpse and think, now you need a bath.

That is my first thought. Not how sad. Not poor thing.
Not bless you. There are too many achoos anyway.

I’ve become immune to corpses.
I’ve become immune to wasps

circling the apartment complex pool.
I know how complex life is.

There are too many I’s and not enough you’s,
but the reality of this reality show life is that

we have to

Kendra Nuttall is a copywriter by day and poet by night. Her work has appeared in SpectrumCapsule Stories, and Chiron Review, among others. She lives in Utah with her husband and poodle. Her debut book, A Statistical Study of Randomness, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Stella Bellow is an illustrator currently attending Parsons School of Design in New York City.

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