“Dear, Uncle Greg” and “Two Pumps” by Elizabeth Jorgensen

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Dear, Uncle Greg

I didn’t know
death
rattled —
coughing
gurgling —
death
spit
unswallowed,
awaiting
death.
I didn’t know.

Two Pumps

I order
skinny
mochas,
from
Starbucks,
from
skinny
baristas —
emaciated,
pinched,
skinny,
I order.

Elizabeth Jorgensen
6/13/2019

Elizabeth Jorgensen, a teacher and writer, graduated from Marquette University. Her memoir, co-written with Nancy Jorgensen, Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold, is available from Meyer & Meyer Sport. Jorgensen’s work appears or is forthcoming in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Azalea, Wisconsin State Reading Association Journal, The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, Gyroscope Review and Bindweed Magazine. Jorgensen enjoys sharing Skinnys with her students and encouraging them to write their own. Learn more at https://lizjorgensen.weebly.com/

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