plastic necklaces strung pretty
dusty in his eyes
(luminosity dulled by dime-store display)

you skip around
crinkle leaf sidewalk play
you roll your eyes
green to yellow to orange
ink scratch-out paper
hiding behind your grin

what was there before?
what did you never allow?

sodden ground
thoughts & secrets threaded
dead grass tangled
thriving weeds

and I’m drowning beside you


Sarah Lucille Marchant is a Missouri resident and university student, studying literature and journalism. Her work has appeared in publications such as Straylight, A Cappella Zoo, and Line Zero.

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