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The Stars


By Devon Neal

When I’m writing on the couch at night—

the living room starred with a single lamp,

the basketball game flickering on the low-volume TV—

and I notice you’ve quietly closed your eyes,

loosely wrapped in a blanket

and lying behind me, your hips against my back,

my thoughts go to the first pale bulbs

sprouting from the daylily out front

on a golden early May morning

and how I want to give them everything,

but the best thing I can do

is give them a bed to lie in

and stretch in the still-cool air.

Devon Neal (he/him) is a Bardstown, KY resident who received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Eastern Kentucky University and an MBA from The University of the Cumberlands. He currently works as a Human Resources Manager in Louisville, KY. His work has been featured in From the Depths and The Rye Whiskey Review, and is forthcoming in Moss Puppy Magazine, coalitionworks, Intangience Magazine, and Sage Cigarettes Magazine.

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