It is both: the groove, the needle.
Also the music spinning forth
and, beneath the music, the hiss.
It is the force that scatters
seeds against a window,
tapping you awake.
Later, if the roots take, it is
the back-leaning bloom.
It is the shotgun sound
the rake handle makes pounded
against the painted planks of the house,
and memory is the house.
The swarm of bees that clouds out.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 3.
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