He Tells Me He Loves Another

Shutta Crum

Shutta Crum

He Tells Me He Loves Another was selected for MSUL’s themed call for work about Water, in coordination with the MSU Broad Art Museum’s fall 2023 exhibition, Flint is Family in Three Acts, featuring the photography of Latoya Ruby Frazier.

The waters of the creek are tannin suffused.
I can't see the bottom—and on the shore
there's a hole opening, my feet are sliding in.
Leaves twist in the sluggish current,
not knowing which way to go.
When I turn to you, I see you have already gone
into that lone cerebral country
where landscape is logical and merciless.
You will trample over the precisely laid-out fields
of your mind until you've found a few weedy words
to yank out—roots and all, to offer me.

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