captain corella

on covid eve i wash the windows
fern tree fronds make shadows on the dusk wall

tendrils of arabic script
harmonious loops clinging to the line

a child writing below the line
washing pegged to a hills hoist

an asylum seeker learning english
might note the harm in harmony

might sense danger everywhere:
the fronds might rain down barbs

through the clean windows captain corella
& his border patrol watching waiting

      – Julie Chevalier

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