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By the scent of lavender emanating from them?

  (Mariama Ba)

  by H.L. Hix

  By the counterweights on construction cranes.
  By the butterfly’s bars, yellow and black.
  By the canopy’s thick arcing motions
  in wind, forth and back.
  By grit in your eyes and grit in your mouth
  and grit in the sheets and grit underfoot.
  By morsels of gristle tight between teeth.
  By heat imitating weight.
  By the emanating, then, not by the scent,
  or not the scent per se.
  By its staking them, all of them, sufficient
  unto any day.
  By lavender as proof against intent,
  by force of bouquet.

    Mantis 13

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