Portrait of Late Morninghttps://i2.wp.com/barrenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/meccaWatercolors.jpg?fit=1671%2C1084&ssl=116711084Andrew HahnAndrew Hahnhttps://i2.wp.com/barrenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Andrew-Hahn.png?fit=88%2C96&ssl=1
He penciled my face, the bones of a wounded
fawn, a replica of a photo
from our first morning together,
bed-headed and crusty-eyed. I cover my lips
with a mug because I hate
the way one of my teeth folds into the darkness
of my mouth.
On a late summer morning while French-
pressing coffee in the nude, the knit
blanket draped over his broad shoulders,
I tell him I found the portrait.
He says, “I’m not going to keep working
on it. I don’t like how you turned out.”
Outside, a dandelion thins
under the breath of a child.
A doe stands at the edge
of the forest and flees at the slamming
of a car door.
Andrew Hahn received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of the poetry chapbook God’s Boy (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). His work is featured in or forthcoming from Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, Lunch, Pithead Chapel, Crab Creek Review, Crab Fat Magazine, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Rappahannock Review among others. He is a Best of the Net nominee and was listed in Yes, Poetry’s Best and Faves of 2019.