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A group of girls from Minnesota or black mascara

Maureen Owen

Not trees trace so             just kids we hung
slim buckets    of chokecherries from our wrists

in neighboring galaxies    Giant Star Factories take control
composed of cold hydrogen gas and dust

7,000             light years from earth
slender-toed geckos                   step onto the moon

On the road between 2 baptisms and a shower they rang
to say       shallow water          the mouths drop open

not where you stand but how long you can
stand standing there
in constant hypothesis

the trees are passersby
mercurial
damp light
flat orange moon
velvet navy-blue sky

fire berries
from here we see the beautifully attired drive tough Ford pickups

the oncoming
organizing principle
brushed out

the dancers take turns leaping over the bonfire       into
Qué pasa USA?

haircuts in London are really pretty backward
London—you are definitely not going to have a manicure there!
in LA toes must match the hands or else just don’t leave the house
in NY it’s more brunette

Outside       a refrigerator          floats       in the blackness shiny amid sharp stars

& the turtle who holds up the world          holds up
the world

"A group of girls from Minnesota or black mascara" by Maureen Owen, from Erosion’s Pull, © 2006 by Maureen Owen. Reprinted with permission from Coffee House Press.

"A group of girls from Minnesota or black mascara" by Maureen Owen, from Erosion’s Pull, © 2006 by Maureen Owen. Reprinted with permission from Coffee House Press.

Maureen Owen