Wreck Idyll / Trina Burke

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dancing girl press, 2013

 Trina Burke is the author of Great America (Dancing Girl Press, 2010) and The Best Divorce (Alice Blue Books, 2012). She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana in 2008 and currently lives in Seattle.


A girl, a child, a well, a bucket.

These are the variables. What

are the predictable outcomes?

Work, chat, slack, murder, assistance

given, assistance taken. Under clouds—

blue, vanilla or other weather. Scented

with Satsuma blossoms. We hope

for the worst but expect the very

best. Superlatives make for mundane

morning news. A girl and a child

and only the fever blisters

on the latter’s lips keep her

from speaking to the former.

That is one way it could start.