My Boyfriend Reports

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

His mother, his father
His sister, and I
Took him to the garrison

His head was shaved
His face was pale
His heart was fast

Men with epaulets
Took all the boys away
And said if we waited a bit
We would see them again
In their uniforms

I waited, standing by the door
Then sitting on the floor
Then on the bench
Then by the bus

His sister left
To do her work
And I left
After her

My hair was long
My face was wet
My heart was bone

Still standing by the door
His mother and his father
Waved goodbye to me

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer was born and raised in Bulgaria, where, until recently, military service was mandatory for all males. She emigrated to the United States and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a student in Spalding University's brief-residency M. F. A. program for writing. She writes poetry and prose in English as well as Bulgarian, and her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in the United States and Bulgaria.


His mother, his father His sister, and I Took him to the garrison His head was shaved His face was pale His heart was fast Men with epaulets Took all the boys away And said if we waited a bit We would see them again In their uniforms I waited, standing by the door Then …

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