'Parking Lot #5'
photo by Samantha Malay, Seattle, Washington, 1999

by Samantha Malay
published in Sheila-Na-Gig, volume 3.2, Winter 2018

back out of the driveway
windows rolled down
a map of each room in your mind
we are equal parts empty and full
together and alone
the space between the beads and the string

open the envelope
it holds more than words
seeds unsuited to our season of drought
promises of peaches and plums
from branches grafted to a single trunk

keep your horse from the quarry ridge
eat peas from dried vines
crouch in the shallows with creekwater mint
you are rootless and lucky for now

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