the color of  Julianne's scarf

she told her Blind Date that it would make her easy to find

sitting on a outdoor cafe, facing the river just before dusk

He wore a white oxford with a red tie 



the color of her brother's college sweatshirt

Alice wore it while sitting in the hospital waiting room

playing video games and pretending she wasn't listening to the family next to her

discussing prerarranged funerals



the color of the ball Anna and Julie used to play with in the

long stretch of grass next to a quiet street

until the night it bounced down the hill and a car hit it

neither of the girls went to retrieve it or  

spoke the words that they were both thinking 





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