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Watching You to See How to React to All This, and: Throwing Pebbles into Perpetual Orbit, and: Sick of Sick, and: Returning Home after the Funeral, and: Where You and I Could Get a Coffee Sit by a Lake and Talk, and: Removing the Butter Dish from the Fridge with a Sense of Urgency

Watching You to See How to React to All This, and: Throwing Pebbles into Perpetual Orbit, and:... Christopher Citro Watching You to See How to React to All This poetr y In the distance we're never sure just what are boats and what might be birds. The sky and the horizon meet in a line the eye loses if it doesn't hold fast. The bravery it takes to be at the beach instead of back home in the air conditioning. So much of this is opening ourselves up. So much exposed skin, the beautiful people and the lumpy people and the children skittering about screaming at the sea and smacking the sand with tiny shovels. I am beautiful because I am here with you. Light runs along my arms and falls onto the sand where your toes are buried. When I look into your eyes, I can see myself and I'm looking not that bad. I smell like coconuts and I look like one of those people who know what they're doing. I have no idea what I'm doing. I could be at home gluing together a model of this moment and doing it all wrong, getting pieces stuck to my fingers, considering sniffing the glue then wandering into the backyard to watch strings from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Watching You to See How to React to All This, and: Throwing Pebbles into Perpetual Orbit, and: Sick of Sick, and: Returning Home after the Funeral, and: Where You and I Could Get a Coffee Sit by a Lake and Talk, and: Removing the Butter Dish from the Fridge with a Sense of Urgency

The Missouri Review , Volume 39 (4) – Jan 5, 2016

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Christopher Citro Watching You to See How to React to All This poetr y In the distance we're never sure just what are boats and what might be birds. The sky and the horizon meet in a line the eye loses if it doesn't hold fast. The bravery it takes to be at the beach instead of back home in the air conditioning. So much of this is opening ourselves up. So much exposed skin, the beautiful people and the lumpy people and the children skittering about screaming at the sea and smacking the sand with tiny shovels. I am beautiful because I am here with you. Light runs along my arms and falls onto the sand where your toes are buried. When I look into your eyes, I can see myself and I'm looking not that bad. I smell like coconuts and I look like one of those people who know what they're doing. I have no idea what I'm doing. I could be at home gluing together a model of this moment and doing it all wrong, getting pieces stuck to my fingers, considering sniffing the glue then wandering into the backyard to watch strings from

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Jan 5, 2016

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