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Fight

That is the difference between me and you.
You pack an umbrella, #30 sun goo
And a red flannel shirt.  That's not what I do.
I put the top down as soon as we arrive.
The temperature's trying to pass fifty-five.
I'm freezing but at least I'm alive.
Nothing on earth can diminish my glee.
This is Florida, Florida, land of euphoria,
Florida in the highest degree.
You dig in the garden.  I swim in the pool.
I like to wear cotton.  You like to wear wool.
You're always hot.  I'm usually cool.

You want to get married.  I want to be free.
You don't seem to mind that we disagree.
And that is the difference between you and me.

—Laurel Blossom

from The Papers Said, 1993
Greenhouse Review Press, Santa Cruz, California

Copyright 1993 by Laurel Blossom.
All rights reserved.
Reproduced with permission.

Reprinted “Fight” by Laurel Blossomfrom The Papers Said. Copyright © 1993 Greenhouse Review Press, with the permission of Greenhouse Review Press.

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About the Poet

Laurel Blossom's new book, Longevity, will be published by Four Way Books in October 2015. You can find excerpts called "The Longevity of Bone" at Tupelo Quarterly 2, "The Invention of Loss" at Frigg Magazine #43, and "Red Rewind" at Linnet's Wings Summer 2014. Another section of the poem is forthcoming in Hotel Amerika.

Learn more about Laurel Blossom