the thirteenth

Hard to Get

For Sarah


I asked to kiss you

and you said no, laughing

as you scampered away

into the house. Years

later, I am still asking,

still leaning in, still grasping

for that coyote smile,

those howling eyes.


Matthew J. Andrews is a private investigator and writer who lives in Modesto, California. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Orange Blossom Review, Funicular Magazine, The Inflectionist Review, Red Rock Review, Sojourners, Amethyst Review, Kissing Dynamite, and Deep Wild Journal, among others. He can be contacted at

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