Michael Neary   © 2012 All Rights Reserved

House of Magic Rocks

He calls the faded
                    picture Magrita
or the girl in the red
                    dress. She hangs
low on his shopping cart
                    to protect his house
of magic rocks
                    grey pea coats that
musk in June
                    rusted gold
baby spoons
                    cursive on the handle
small dull pieces
                    of copper to rub
a collection of yellow
                    baseball cards,
with their smell
                    he’s a boy again
sneaking tobacco
                    out of grandma’s red tin,
his ashy-kneed brothers
                    are colts
shouting about
                    Minnie the Moocher
and sweetened apples,
                    sugared curls
tugged between them
                    like grass.


Cynthia Manick
Copyright © 2012  

Cynthia Manick holds an MFA degree from The New School. She is also a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, Callaloo, Mythium Literary Journal, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, and Tidal Basin. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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