nuns still teach abstinence in school,
written on the blackboard in thick
block letters. “Kissing is bad, too,”
they tell the sixth graders, who like
neither themselves nor each other.
On the first day of summer,
the kids run nude through the sprinklers
escaping heat and God, together.
Somewhere, nuns fan themselves
with pages from Revelations,
their sweaty habits a pile on the floor.
About the Author
Danny Duffy · University of Florida
Danny Duffy earned his BA in English and International Studies from the University of Florida. He owns an antique typewriter that he is too afraid to use. “Somewhere in Mississippi” first appeared in TEA.
About the Artist
Emily Hill · University of Minnesota
Emily Hill is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she studies graphic design and art. Emily currently illustrates for the Wake Magazine on campus, as well as displaying her art at the Soap Factory art gallery in Minneapolis. “Small House Near Somewhere” first appeared in Ivory Tower.