photo by Samantha Malay, Seattle, Washington, 2021

by Samantha Malay
published in Plainsongs, Corpus Callosum Press, winter 2022

walk slough-side
near train tracks
through foxglove and brambles
as the sun sets on Prairie Market
and the phone booth at Dairy Queen
freeway ramp and driveway gravel
rotting apples
lawn chairs
back door
and kitchen
where night comes early
to the curtainless window
amid ghosts of freight from Black River Junction
steamboat wheels tangled in reeds    

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