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Lake Ridge Drive

by Jennifer Dorner

Sometimes when I pull into the drive and look up

at the brown gable over the garage

and see the shades

closed against the exterior light and the dirt patch

we mean to plant, and the two wiry

red shrubs (what are they?)

in the corner, I fall into this pattern

of home life.

It crosses between us like robins in a field.

Each small movement. Your truck

parked to the right.

The music I walk toward inside.

Poet bio

Jennifer Dorner’s poetry has appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Cloudbank, Sugar House Review, Timberline Review, The Inflectionist Review, Verseweavers, and VoiceCatcher. She was a finalist in the 2016 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2018 Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program. She is an MFA student at Pacific University.

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