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A Little Bit Orphaned
J.M. Patrick

You, Too
A. Papatya Bucak

The Hook
Brian Foley

Colossal Crimson Crop
Gabe Durham

Cathy Day
Bryan Furuness

A. Papatya Bucak teaches for the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University and has published poetry and prose in a variety of literary magazines including, The Fairy Tale Review, Brevity, and Glimmer Train.

Photo by Ryan Molloy

It reminds me of the swimming pool game when I was a child, eyes closed, calling, and the others answering as I struggled, not knowing how to swim blind. I reached for their voices, their bodies already elsewhere. "Marco." "Polo." "Marco." "Polo." MarcoPoloMarcoPoloMarco.

Sensing my fear, relying on it, the others climbed out of the pool. "Polo," they called from the cement, while I searched, never guessing, until finally, pretending to have swallowed water, I opened my eyes and saw them there above me, their dripping swimsuits leaving wet splotches on the ground.

That's what I remember when you say it back, a little louder. And it is a struggle, like weight against water, to stop myself saying it again.