I was raised on a summer night
to look just like you,
with iced tea and the bug zapper
and the heat so thick
we had to chop through the jungle of it--
although our pale green rocking chairs
hiding behind the cars in the driveway
proved an adequate escape from life
for moments
which turned into evenings,
and then lifetimes under pecan trees.


1998-2000 linda lee tritton

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