Partly Stripped

Late-spring acacia branch.

Thinly threaded screw. Billboard
past its prime, strung in shreds.

Ant-choked, mower-balded lawn.

Party girl on her fourth bad hand
and fifth drink. Song heard

too many times for too long
a sad spell. Wondering

as I walk if the remnants read
as whole.

Laura Cherry is the author of the chapbook Two White Beds (Minerva Rising), the full-length collection Haunts (Cooper Dillon Books), and the chapbook What We Planted (Providence Athenaeum). She co-edited the anthology Poem, Revised (Marion Street Press). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Antiphon, LA Review, and Tuesday: An Art Project, as well as a number of anthologies.

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