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Hiding

Kate Northrop

          —to my sister

Because the moon in late October made landmarks glow: the broken
     gate, our yard

full of stones, the attic window

suddenly foreign, across its face
a blue dissolve. In spite of that, the farm

remained an arrangement (barn
behind the house, pond
across the road) and a girl sometimes

feels torn. We turned our dresses inside out,
ran into a grove. We played

you're blind, Molly, try to find me.
It was a family game: get left

in darkness. I climbed
up into the oak, listened for your voice
until my name became 

a sound from the other side, from the poor
order of the world. I came back

because I had to. And believe me, you who are fragile 
and so faithful, I hated to return

materializing through trees.

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