Between Us You like my dark, love-tangled hair and the way I forsake silence. I like your silver-blue eyes and your absence of fault-finding, though I’m faulty as the crust of the earth. I took a geosystems class in the eleventh grade – I know a thing or two about this world and its ever-shifting plates; for example, we are standing on the same plate, shifting in the same direction, I on my tip-toes and you on the whole of your feet. You are kissing me, a cordial, breathy greeting. You like that I don’t think twice before singing, and I like how you answer my questions: how long do we get to keep going like this? Maybe that one’s a stumper. Unfair. I’ll switch the topic. I’ll explain to you form, and line, and meter, and you’ll explain to me why we can’t just print more money to fix the economy. Explaining things is almost the same as telling the truth. Last month we wandered around the Natural History Museum, ended up in front of the preserved giant squid. As we stared at her (so Snow White-like in her glass case, so peculiarly enchanting), you said you thought she would be larger than that. In my eyes, she was bigger than I ever could have dreamed. I like that this discrepancy could exist as just another thread between us: two lovers look at a squid and see two different squids. Two lovers look at their future and see two different squids.
Beeper Peddle is a writer and healer living on the East Coast. She lives with her partner and their beloved soul puppy. Beeper writes about sorrows, lies, and deep loves. When you read her work, you will dip down into her heart and end up in all manner of body parts. Should you find yourself reflected in these words, it is merely coincidence; however, it does not surprise her you share the same heart. Find her at bethpeddle.com and @beeperpeddle on Twitter and Instagram
Annie Przypyszny (she/her) is a poet from Washington, DC who will begin pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Maryland this Fall. She is an Assistant Editor for Grace and Gravity and has poems published in The Northern Virginia Review, Jet Fuel Review, Watershed Review, The Healing Muse, North Dakota Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, Ponder Review, SWWIM, Lines + Stars, and others.