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Nominal Nocturne

Awkward additions
etched into benches
scrawled onto stall walls,

bent on an always,
couplings meant
to cast a sure spell

over forever and forever
as if teenage talisman
or adolescent amulet

might overpower
oak roots and earthquakes,
city planners,

higher powers,
time, or even
the raccoon that jumped

from the dumpsters 
the night before
the sidewalk's wet cement 

set to sure
concrete, onto
and through

our initials and down
to the creek to wash
his hands of us.
Posted 02/05/13
"Nominal Nocturne" was first published in WHISKEY ISLAND.
Books by Dora Malech
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