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