photo by Samantha Malay, Tucson, Arizona, 1990

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

in golden green creekbend shade
arms uncouple from sleeves
ankles and feet push silt

hold branches aside
up the slope to the road
where heat still shimmers off the hood of the truck
and the sky is white
between black trees

a moth in the rafters
the contour of absence
flowers pressed in unread books

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