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The Mermaid Of Spokane Falls


Our only wealth that year was my growing belly.

I uncoiled spool after spool of artist's wire,
bending and twisting a house
full of life-sized creatures,
a voluptuous mermaid and her sea-kin.

Our home became an ocean
with blue-painted walls;
The mermaid and I swam from room to room
while new life floated inside of me.

I thought of our unseen daughter,
half-girl, half-fish.
If the mermaid led, would she follow,
slip out a window
and dive into the falls, a water sprite?

When the electricity...

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