by Soraya Peerbaye

copyright © Soraya Peerbaye 2015

I have
a white floor
and the floor was clean,
there wasn’t any mud on it,

said Kelly’s stepmother, testifying
in her daughter’s defense.

Cool linoleum.

The Gorge by Craigflower Bridge,
of seaweed and filth and mud,

her daughter’s skin

clean, white.