'Acme Equip. Co. #1'
photo by Samantha Malay, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1990

Homestead
by Samantha Malay
published in Sheila-Na-Gig, volume 1.4, Summer 2017
Volume 1.4, Summer 2017 — The Poets

reprinted in Heirlock Magazine July 1, 2019
https://indd.adobe.com/view/53cb3f3c-28e6-4d3a-897c-9f3e1cea86c6

 

pull the pit from the plum
wash your hair in the sink
open the window
to the mid-August heat
where shadows unspool
between distant trains
and voices in the alley
we will step around
the toys on the sidewalk
and hitchhike in spring
to the edge of the woods

a plane crossed the sky
as we stood in the field
and shook pebbles from our shoes
on our way to the creek

we arrived at the homestead
with untrained hands
and faith in our ability
to find comfort in solitude

daughter, daughter, son
do you see the days we had ahead of us
when the mailbox was empty
and there was nothing left to hock?

did we push our luck
shrug our bond
carry our sorrows to the next town?

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