photo by Samantha Malay, Seattle, Washington, 2021

by Samantha Malay
published in Soliloquies Anthology, issue 26.1

I am late June
in a hillside apartment
windows held open with rain-swollen phonebooks
where sparks fly
as streets intersect
and buses break free of overhead cables

I am sunbeam on beer bottle that starts a grass fire
bumblebees in nettle shade

I can give you a haircut
sew a button back on
show you the shape of the city by night
and how close we are to the water

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