Meet him on neutral ground
maybe the coffee shop downtown,
the one that roasts beans on the premises.
Choose a shaded table.
Sit so he’ll see your face
half in shadow.

After the small talk ask him,
“Do you remember that dead fish
on the shore – how its
one unblinking eye
studied the metaphysical sky?
What are you going to tell your students
about the cost of angels?”

Colette Tennant has two books of poetry: Commotion of Wings (2010) and Eden and After (2015). Her poems have been published in Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and others.