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EULOGY FOR NILS BY JOSH SAPAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43

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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43

SUBWAY
JOSH SAPAN

ISLE DE FRANCE
MARI CASEY

TO ELECT A FISH
ORSON SMITH

ANNIE FINDS A WAY
HELEN REED LEHMAN

GLOBAL DREAMERS
DIANE SAHMS-GUARNIERI

COLLECT CALL
ELIZABETH CHRISTIE

VISITING HOURS
ROBYN WEAVER

NIKOLINA
SANDRA SHAPIRO

Nils threw a casual Molotov cocktail

into Krogers’ grocery store

to object to the Vietnam War

spending two years in the Dane County Jail,

never going back to class.

 

He liked to close his eyes

and listen to the roar of the crowd

from the Badgers game two blocks away

dancing with the cadence of the chants.

 

Nils was unusual

for the son of a surgeon.

He chose to trim trees

a hundred feet toward heaven

hoping to stay

high above the ground forever.

 

He taught me to be superman

for a minute

before crash landing

back to the life

we were born into.

 

I never knew anyone

who played so casually with weapons

and his mind

and did not believe in belief.

 

Nils wore his manhood

in such a tidy way

beneath an ascot

of delight.

 

He loved without words

and left a mark

that could be felt

but not seen.

 

Awww hell, Ann, I ain’t got it. I’ve got twelve kids to feed and a business to run.

COLLECT CALL FROM AUNT ANN BY ELIZABETH CHRISTIE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43

 

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