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On Our Way Back from the Compost Heap Tonight

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On our way back from the compost heap tonight,
I showed Esphyr the moon.
"Hi," she said, and waved.
"Touch," she said, and reached.
We both reached.
And reached.
When it became clear to her
that she couldn't quite reach it,
she said, "Get."
So of course I plucked it
out of the sky
and handed the moon
to my fifteen-month-old daughter.
"Cheers," she said, and clinked
her empty compost container
against mine.


Jill Koren is a full-time mother who writes and lives in Madison, Indiana, where she teaches English composition at Ivy Tech Community College. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Louisville Review and 94Creations.


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Jill: I really enjoyed your reading and singing at "The Good Body." Congrats on your new book
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