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by Margaret Young


Parking lots sparkling with uproarious seagulls


Bars with televisions flickering above heads and glasses


Dolls with arms raised, stacked in tote bins at the daycare center


Trucks shifting gears for the hill after the long stoplight


Attics where piled magazines and mattresses grow mildew


Black asphalt paths scribbled with green maple key calligraphy


Restaurant silverware clinks in dishwashers' clouds of steam


Dollar stores full of lawn furniture, plastic containers, tube socks


Sinks dripping water that leaves a stain shaped like a comet tail


The daycare kids crossing the street, holding a rope like climbers.