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For As Long As Turtles Live

Our relationship might crack as we build two babies, but turtles don’t rush.

Catapult magazine · Listen to Mimi Van Ausdall read “For as Long as Turtles Live”

My gay house is her body. Tall. I call it beautiful. She laughs and says, “No, squiggly.” Beautiful, I say. “Squiggly,” she insists. Beautiful squiggly. We make love every time we see each other. Her body becomes my home. The walls that help protect me, warm me. We will love each other for as long as little turtles live.