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Genoways, Ted / Anna, washing
(2001)

Low water-table,   p. 23


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Low Water-table
    Eagle Pumphouse, Jan-1927
Anna shoves their sled under the spigot.
Marie grabs spinning rigs, fastens the pump.
A place far below permafrost, dug out
by pick and shovel, moans, then seals the sump,
drawing trickles from the rusted downspout.
Marie tips each pot-then slowly angles
it upright. Her fingers, curling around
the handle's iron arc, summon pails filled
with cloudberries. Breezes traced Marie's breasts,
her dress rippling like water over shoals.
They skirted reed grass till they fell, hard breath
rasping. His name, Marie said, until told
is no secret. Anna grinned, shook her head.
Now, dry inside her throat, she says: Arvid.
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