Khaki-Blue by Nathaniel Gutman


Where did I park?
I’m looking for my grey Subaru,
or is it green, don’t they call it khaki-blue?
In my dream I wander the streets but can’t find it.
I stop to ask a mother, standing with her daughter,
by her house,
I tell her about the wild pig in the back of the car,
yes, needed it for filming a scene in my movie.
The girl laughs and nods, makes total sense, right,
then, with the deep wrinkle forming on
her mother’s forehead, I wake up,
open my eyes, my love is lying by my side, sound asleep.
Sometimes we call each other “pig.” Fondly.


Nathaniel Gutman is a filmmaker who has directed and/or written over 30 theatrical/TV movies and documentaries internationally, including award-winning Children’s Island (BBC, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel), Witness in the Warzone (with Christopher Walken), Linda (from the novella by John D. MacDonald; with Virginia Madsen). His poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Tiferet Journal, Pangyrus, LitMag, Constellations, The American Journal of Poetry.

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