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One summer in Dayton, 

we spent it  in her sister's house


I was killing time before starting grad school

she was working nights at a local bar


Mornings were basically afternoons- 

we rarely fell out of bed before noon


I remember the hallway to the kitchen

small squares of afternoon light shone on hardwood floors


half a dozen odd shapes

from several West facing windows


they moved across the house as the afternoon 

shuffled across the yard 


I told myself I would take a picture so I could remember the images

it was one of several promises I broke 

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