A Quiet Root

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“Understudy” by Lance Larsen

I’m no medic or deep-trauma therapist,
just a washer of milky cups and keeper
of the thermostat. He who retrieves junk mail
from the freezer, frozen peas from the dryer,
he who hides pills in cherry yogurt and spoons

them into her mouth. Also a voodoo sage

Read it in the North American Review’s Open Space

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