Postcard, foreign stamps

the ruffles of a Spanish skirt

beloved, familiar handwriting

even children know these things

when she returned she brought me a plastic bull

cheap 1970’s flocking that kids love

sad glass eyes

red rosette spear stuck through its flank

I removed it with my teeth

hoping by taking out hurt

we’d both be whole

5 Replies to “1979”

  1. I can picture you pulling that spear out with your teeth, and the thought comes, “Of course. I’d expect no less (unless, maybe by chance, there was a pliers handy).”

    When I was quite young, some neighbors went on a vacation to Mexico and brought back a gift, a fairly large plaster fighting bull with a coin slot in his back, like a piggy bank. It stayed in my room for a long time.

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