Southern California Miles:Trina Gaynon

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stain my hands purple

stain my face and shoes

fill my hands with thorn scratches

fill the Sabbath with vines

among the pot shards

among the pink ladies

stain the afternoon with exhaust

stain the air with motors turning

fill berries with sulfurs

fill the soil with oxides

along the track beside a freeway

among dried out berries

among oblivious cabbage moths

stain my shirt with sweat

stain my back muscles with pain

fill the pan with ripe berries

fill my knees with strength to bend

among spider webs

among stalky anise

stain the day with sunlight







Southern Women’s Review, vol 6, issue 6, January 2013.