Poetry

Abby tells Liza

Photo Credit: YnR
Photo Credit: Yann Riche

Abby tells Liza they must leave.
They pack and run. Rain drizzles. Below
the freeway Abby and Liza wander.

Liza must pee. Abby tells Liza GO
BEHIND A TREE. No trees. A man
watches. PERVERT! Abby throws

a rock. Misses. Liza sneaks
behind a dead Frigidaire. Abby tells Liza she may throw
her own rocks. Liza throws rocks at men. Men
protest

but leave her alone. Liza and Abby catch
wisps of sleep on the street below the freeway.
Nick seeks and finds them. He pleads

COME HOME WITH ME.
Abby slings a rock at Nick. Stunned,
he falls. Abby runs. Liza, torn, fusses

over Nick. He tells her CHASE ABBY.
Liza cannot find her in the night grey.
Later Liza goes home with Nick.

Abby is lost. The street smells
like piss. Traffic, soft, steady, roars.
Shifty characters trade places in the shadows.


Pamela Hobart Carter loves Seattle as much for its water and mountains as for its bustle and creativity. She explores the Emerald City daily while walking her dog. Carter used to be a teacher who wrote on the side. Now she is a writer who teaches on the side.