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One gull circles
then a colony.
The Salton Sea leaves
in bacterial blooms.
The psychic looked at the side of my fist.
Two marriages. Three children.
Only one survives
my choices. The women
I long for, their smooth bodies
left in the banks of memory.
As gamine girls we fed on roses
our skin sprouting freckles
like sand stuck to wet bodies
rime of salt lacing the edges.
Call the gulls back to the body
days of light stung with rain.
Here is the open palm that carries
the Alamo River to the Salton Sea.
The choices left where breath
could have been, green filming
the water’s surface
the eye clouded with air.
Stella Reed is the co-author of the AZ-NM Book Award winning, We Are Meant to Carry Water, 2019, from 3: A Taos Press. She is the 2018 winner of the Tusculum Review chapbook contest for Origami, judged by Emilia Phillips and took third place in the Baltimore Review’s writing contest 2020. In pre-pandemic times, Stella taught poetry to women in domestic violence and homeless shelters through WingSpan Poetry Project in Santa Fe, NM. You can find her work in various journals and anthologies, most recently: The American Journal of Poetry, Wild Roof Journal, Blue Mountain Review, The Fourth River, and Terrain. She is a Best of the Net nominee for 2020 and holds an MFA from New England College. Stella works for Audubon Southwest.