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Issue 11: January 2022
Poem: 116 words
By Greg Huteson

To Dream of Hospitality

Once more will the tiles so welcome friends 
or witty guests across the threshold board 
for tea and talk and watermelon seeds? 

And will the green door in the whitewashed hall 
as aptly crack and open as an egg 
that’s tapped against a peeling countertop? 

The bamboo stools at ebb, will they be set 
around the coffee table and the chairs 
of polished cypress, delicate but kind? 

And what, friend, of the sorghum liquor flask? 
Will you nip it from the cabinet shelf 
and tuck it somewhere handily nearby? 

For then you’ll squat there nattering away 
the night with cups of oolong tea and shots 
of Kinmen liquor under the autumn moon. 

Greg Huteson’s
Issue 11, January 2022

poems have recently appeared in BigCityLit, Alabama Literary Review, The Literary Hatchet, Convivium, The Crank, and Innisfree Poetry Journal, among other places. He lives in Taiwan.

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