'Parking Lot #3'
photo by Samantha Malay, Tucson, Arizona, 1990

by Samantha Malay
published in Ponder Review, volume 4, issue 2

we kneeled
in pitch-stained jeans
on pine needles
tiny bones
and porcupine quills
to measure the distance
by the sound of our voices
between burn barrel sparks
and when we would leave
in numbers reduced
by the shape of the mountain
broken bootlaces
and songs we forgot
to an address written on a bus station paperback
and a road that led away from the trees

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