photo by Samantha Malay, Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2018

Onion Creek, 1979
by Samantha Malay
published in Goat’s Milk Magazine, issue 12

two boys and a middle girl
the Miranda kids
knew motorbikes
BB guns and cigarettes
french fries
and pocket change

cooked spaghetti
danced the hustle
tan toes poking through sneaker canvas
hair clumped and streaky
from pond-swimming days

white teeth
dirty jokes
serial killer stories
told in sleeping bags
mosquito song
in silky night

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