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Altar by Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Turned from poplar,
the salt and pepper shakers
vesper on a slate tile.
They align themselves crosswise
between two candles,
melted onto maple blocks.
Behind them,
a crystal pitcher of yellow tulips,
bulbs bowed, whispers
benediction through the steam
rising from my plate.
I unfold my napkin,
lay it across my thigh,
take a sip of wine. 

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is a poet and visual artist with a Master of Music from The Juilliard School in New York. He is an art and design contributor to Connecticut River Review, and his poetry appears or is forthcoming in Off the Coast, San Pedro River Review, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Connecticut River Review, East Coast Literary Review, Rust + Moth, Freshwater, and Gravel.