Newly Auspicious

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Eileen Malone

Newly Auspicious


      From San Francisco neighborhoods and suburbs that
      bleed into each other’s orbit, I run errands in Chinatown
      no longer as my ancestors did for opium, forgeries, or
      gaming, but for roots and plants, particularly those
      resembling dried reptiles to be powdered according to
      prescriptions handwritten in ink on printed pads from
      medically degreed certified acupuncturists, who write
      in Chinese characters I cannot read

      I safely walk gutters in alleys once leading to back rooms
      and warehouses guarded by renegades and . . .
      . . . . . . .
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Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry, 2020 ▪ Finalist