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One time on a Tinder date the dude pulled over
on the shoulder of the highway between two
fields of sunflowers — zillions — heavy-headed
golden goblets studded with almond-shaped seeds
fed tip-first into their honeycomb bowls.
These other folks also pulled-over said hi
smilingly and it occurred to me they thought we were
together then I thought we are, I guess, right now.
“That there” the older man said “is the oldest
elm in the county” (he may have said country)
stretching one arm toward a fogged-in field
out of which rose yes a catastrophic elm.
My Tinder date, squinting, asked “are you
sure that’s an elm?”, one superlong arm
draped around me. I winced but the other man
was generous and said “Yessiree, I am,
that’s my land.”
Kayla Krut is from San Diego, California. She earned her MFA at the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. She currently writes and teaches in Vienna, Austria, with the support of Fulbright. Read more at www.kaylakrut.wordpress.com.
Saro Calewarts is a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based photographer with childhood and family roots in the Pacific Northwest. With a background in film studies and graphic design, she has always been fascinated by the process of seeing, creating, and visual language. Her creative touchstones are rooted in a poetic synergy of symbolism, philosophy, and observation. She works as a graphic designer and photographer for an arts non-profit organization and is active within the Santa Fe photography community. Her work has been exhibited at David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, featured in NOICE Magazine, and on numerous photography websites.