'Swap Shop #3'
photo by Samantha Malay, Seattle, Washington, 1999

Ruston, 1972
by Samantha Malay
published by TINGE Magazine, May 2021

Ruston, 1972

forty-three feet above sea level
on a landfill peninsula
shaped by sediment and slag
a copper-smelting smokestack
melted nylon stockings
off backyard laundry lines

a mile away
seahorses curled
in tidal pools
we sat on old bath towels
creosote and kelp
our backs to the waves

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