Canopy beds

by Claire Stringer
Like when dementia drew Nana back to the weeds,
her almond soft fingers once rattling
and rubbing the pink of the quilt for words —
now nimble baby spiders, caretakers
of Aunt Lea Ann’s black-eyed susans,

we look up to the eucalyptus leaves
swelling like ink bruises in lavender
milk as they map our desires
on the rusty roof of this soup can moist
with meat juice.

Claire Stringer is the co-headitor of Oatmeal Magazine.


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