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In the doghouse
next to the old drilling rig,
where oil slurped up
out of the dirt, they drink
the coffee and booze
that she brings him
in a scavenged silver thermos.

The flames are nearing
the cabin in the wild,
where boy joins girl
for a weekend in the rough.
The imagined irises and the roses
merge as the distant smoke
kindles and swoops
like a double helix.
The mechanical bears slink along low
and shaggy, like black puddles,
as revived metal hummingbirds attend
to the day with a frank utterance.

Now inside, they move
beyond coffee and booze,
between bush cruising
and fishing, and beyond
white sheets, to find
the next page of their story.

Vicky MacDonald Harris’ poems reside in Tiny Poems, Two Cities Review, Poets and Artists, Hobble Creek Review, Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants Tumblr, and The Flat Water Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets. Recent poems included in Fiery Scribe Review and Janus Literary.
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