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if the ring he gave you

By Olivia Templeton

BA English and Creative Writing 1st Year

If the ring he gave you
came from an onion's head
instead of a jeweller's:
the rubies he gave you
seeds from a pomegranate's bed,
rather than the earth:
the letter he gave you
chalk and card,
not ink, pressed bone.

He would remember how,
for him, you'd dropped your guard;
he'd wonder if you remembered too.
Children: chalk in the road,
dust swirling your skin into
shared symbols.
Teenagers: you wore his red necklace,
"to my other-gendered twin"
until his family moved.
Five years later: at a bookshop,
an onion shard dropped into your hand
and you knew he'd come home.

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