A Quiet Root

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“Ground Rules” by Martha Silano

You can send us earthquakes, but please make sure their energy
can’t propagate, that their epicenters vibrate
only in the middle of a 500-square mile

sagebrush wasteland containing neither llamas nor lizards.
If you’re going to bury us beneath billions of bivalves,
lighten up on the tornados. Cancer is completely

out of the question,

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