play­ground gray squir­rel

The Iowa Review - - CONTENTS - Su­san Ste­wart

at in­ter­vals, life­long, this din of joy and pain sent up in sets and swings and lines, rain or shine, jumped, run, leaped, punc­tu­ated by the creak of swing­ing chains, thud­ding balls, hoot and squeal and scream, yell and wheel and cry, the names of stop and go and wait and now and you and me— who is it? some­one’s bawl­ing, col­lapsed, laugh­ing, flushed, a torn coat, trail­ing shoe­strings, lost the key, peed her pants, won the game, de­tained—

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