Brent Kininmont

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Before the Quake

In that rift in the chapel
between Adam
and the outstretched
finger of his maker,
I saw cotton shirts,
a week's worth hanging from
the line next door,
and our neighbour on a ladder
cleaning spouting with
a trowel and a hose.
From up there
he could not see
his child, her palms
grubby from gunk
piling up on the lawn.
She was standing under
all those sleeves,
high-fiving his cuffs.

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