Paul Fattaruso
from Village Carved from an Elephant's Tusk

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There are daughters all over the village. One captures a grasshopper,

another shims the short leg of the bed

 

with a coin,

a worn coin made of forgotten ore

from a distant empire.

 

One hangs laundry.

Someone has drawn faces on all the clothespins:

one of these faces looks ready to speak.