'House #3'
photo by Samantha Malay, Tucson, Arizona, 1990

by Samantha Malay
published by In Parentheses, February 2021

under the porch
shoulder blades scrape
where light slats through
to roots and dry dirt
a tarpaper nail
opaline insect shells
pull the bandage aside
we are stitched together

frost covers grass
trees disappear
in early night

we halve the distance
follow luck like ruts down the mountain

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