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by Melanie Henderson

  • Everything was brown,
  • tree bark skin muddied edges
  • of rivers Rappahannock & Potomac,
  • irises, tight curls & z patterns
  • boxed photographs.
  • Some was black
  • but not much,
  • checkered or paisley pants,
  • unsagged & tailored.
  • Some was black,
  • but not enough to seep in.
  • It may have been fire
  • in its prime light debris
  • on the black of a Union soldier’s blood.
  • Whenever or however it was,
  • it’s as specific as a stain
  • or a wish.


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