Saturday Matinee

      by Lenard D. Moore, Michael Dylan Welch, and Alice Frampton

First published in Hedgerow #119, July 2017, page 13. Originally written 29 June 2008 beneath a sugar maple in the parking lot at the Japanese Garden in Seattle, Washington.

candy bars
from my childhood
now smaller                                                                            Lenard

        a bowl of M&Ms
        just green                                                                        Michael

a cherry jujube
stuck to my foot—
Saturday matinee                                                                    Alice

        the wrapper unravels
        from the breath mint                                                      Lenard

licorice stick—
she hums through
the national anthem                                                               Michael

        the peanut butter cup
        melts in my pocket                                                          Alice