He brings me chocolate from the Pentagon, dark chocolates shaped like tanks and fighter jets, milk chocolate Tomahawks, a bonbon like a kirsch grenade, mint chocolate bayonets. He brings me chocolate ships, a submarine descending in a chocolate sea, a drone unmanned and filled with hazelnut praline. He brings me cocoa powder, like chocolate blown to bits. Or chocolate squares of pepper heat. Or if perhaps we’ve fought, he brings a box of truffles home, missiles of semisweet dissolving on the tongue. He brings me Glocks and chocolate mines, a tiny transport plane, a bomb that looks delicious in its cellophane. [End Page 81]
jehanne dubrow is the author of four poetry collections, including Red Army Red and Stateside. In 2015, University of New Mexico Press will publish her fifth book, The Arranged Marriage. She is the director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House and an associate professor of creative writing at Washington College.