She Hears What She Wants to Hear

Olive or Twist

Oliver Twist

Freeze Dried Potatoes

Free Stride Potatoes

Her mind is an open range chicken

Off on its own

Scrambling in the dirt for worms or kitchen scraps

No leash, no fences

Wearing little lace-up trainers

Off it goes

A potato race without the gunny sack

One day, in Ensenada

She saw a carved and painted cane

Just like the one she bought in Juarez

Maybe 1953

She brandished it and wore a sombrero

And there she goes

Off and running

Hearing words she doesn’t understand

Or make sense of.

She hears what she wants to hear

And ignores the sense of it all.

About Llyn De Danaan

LLyn De Danaan is an anthropologist and author. She writes fiction and nonfiction. Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay was published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is currently a speaker for Humanities Washington.
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