Only Young Women Were Adjudged


Shirley lost her marble in the dark snow where

the dirt-encrusted alley met the old man’s need

aunt or mother from the window hanged the sheets

aunt or mother in the bathroom freed that curl

meet her in the alley where the wind blows bleach

free her from the woman’s walls in brick or block

hanging’s not for sheets—that’s a common misconception

put your money on the shadow—he’ll be back

shadows play along the flat of brick or block

like butterflies           imagining         a garden

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