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Bonnie Parker’s Photoshoot

by Marta Balcewicz

You picked up
a rifle
just as he spread
his fingers to coax
a bunny from his hand
and between laughter
and the growing
sense that time is
like water running
through the orifices
of the rabbit
you stuck a cigar
to your painted
mouth then corrected
the movement
and placed the right side
of the cigar
to your painted mouth
                                                the flash         
went off
here’s the picture
to prove: these were the best years of your life
the sun
was at an apex
with you
with your boot,
so travelled and planted
so firmly
on the rear fender
of your ride.


Marta Balcewicz’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Offing, Catapult, Pithead Chapel, PRISM International, and elsewhere. She lives in Toronto. (2/2018)

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