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Spillway

"The First Night" was accepted by Spillway.
The editor is Susan Terris.


***
THE FIRST NIGHT

after the tsunami on 3/11/2011

1.
A little yellow shoe drifted away. I
clasped my hands around a tree
trunk & smelled the endless

water desert.

2.
When I was eight years old, I squatted
down in a futon-closet & waited
for my mother. My aunt opened
the closet with wheat bread

& eight boiled eggs.

3.
Dear Mother,
Did you escape the land of sudden

death?

4.
I waved my hands to the silver
whistles of a helicopter in the morning
sky. It dropped a rope like a spider

thread three miles away from my tree.

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