Te Quiero

by Laine Derr

My mother-in-law rarely edits: Much as Gracia pot time Bello mensaje,
tell quiet y estoy Feliz. Messages from an autocorrect god makes untangling
sentences like a grandmother struggling to fix a rough running lawn mower.
Tell quiet, I still say as a sister recounts another day – searching for
newly planted flesh, grass scented fingertips reflecting a blue-black sky.

Laine Derr holds an MFA from Northern Arizona University and has published interviews with Carl Phillips, Ross Gay, Ted Kooser, and Robert Pinsky. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming from Chapter HouseZYZZYVAPortland ReviewOxford MagazinePrairie Schooner, and elsewhere.