photo by Samantha Malay, Seattle, Washington, 2021

East Marginal Way
by Samantha Malay
published in Five on the Fifth, volume 7, issue 2

salt marsh riverbend
back porches tilt and slope
shoulder bones
in shirts too large

wingspan of Cooper’s hawk
sun slips from windowsills
down Michigan Street

payday loans
and wild dill

songs of siphoned gas
meatloaf stretched with saltine crumbs
tongues still burnt from last night’s soup

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