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Front Porches, DC

Striped awnings

you crank back

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with something that

looks like a


in the pitch black,

frogs and cicadas,

crickets, the low

whine of bats. Roses

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drip. Floorboards,

the paint peels

on creak as

aunts and uncles

slap down cards.

Citronella. Ice

tea clinks in

a tall glass.

Calico cat in a

hammock. Drone

of cars. Wicker

unravels so

slowly you

can't hear