'House #7'
photo by Samantha Malay, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1990

by Samantha Malay
published in Quiddity: International Literary Journal and Public Radio Program

in a car the color of an ocean map
on a circular road that led south to north
we stopped at a house near a dead-end street
where we sat on the floor
in sun-bleached clothes

we can’t get our bearings
with our backs to the mountain
and the horizon holds only what we don’t want here

roll up your sleeping bag
tie your shoes in the dark
we’ll cup water in gas stations
between night and day

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