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March 2009, vol 5 no 1

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Beverly Tift



Mermaids

Do you remember when we were eleven or twelve, you were the first one to shave your legs? Your mother yelled 'you are too young' so loud that I didn't do mine until I was thirteen.

summer sun
walking the waves
our voices

Forty-five years later, I lather my calves . . . then sluice water through winter's hirsute growth. That sighing sound is just the sea.

moonless night
the undertow chatters
stones, and shells

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