I retrieve a crumpled piece of paper
thrown into the rubbish and place it
on the table between us

What do we see

At least it is something
we can look at together
maybe even shelter under

Perhaps it is an ancient temple
and someone inside is praying for us

Margaret Lloyd has published four poetry collections. She has also published in journals such as AGNI, Poetry East, Willow Springs, and Poetry Wales. Her poetry honors include fellowships to Breadloaf and to Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, and a writing residency at Yaddo. Lloyd lives in Florence, Massachusetts. www.margaretlloyd.net

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