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Girls

by Mary Lou Buschi

 

In Catholic uniforms,
plaid pleated skirts,
white blouses dangerously
unbuttoned to the edge
of our bras, we chase
her through the planted
tomatoes and Marigolds.

When we punch her –
a Thrush from an unlocked
palm waves out of her ribcage.
There is no sound,
only an imaginary ocean
that raps inside my ears,
as my friend starts to run.

A blue car driving slowly past—
the width of sky torn
from a girl’s tablet.

 

Mary Lou Buschi’s poems have appeared in Lily Poetry Review, Thimble, Thrush, Radar, Cloudbank among others. Mary Lou’s full-length collection, Awful Baby, was published through Red Paint Hill (2015). Tight Wire, her third chapbook, was published by Dancing Girl Press (2016).

 

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