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Sylvie of the Stone Stoop and other poems by Melissa Mullvihill

Sylvie of the Stone Stoop

I talk with Sylvie of the stone stoop
as her hand digs
around in the Cheetos bag for crumbs
and her bare feet swaddled in socks
made entirely of dirt
trace circles in the pea rocks

The humidity is already buzzing
every insect in the county
on a breezeless breathless day
so I speak up
knowing her momma
is listening on the other side
of the screen door

Sylvie builds mountains of pea rocks
surrounding a crater where her
castle grows formidable and queens
are kings and h...

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