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September 12, 2016


what's behind seattle's walls?
many have stood a century
or more and were intended
to last longer. can the same
be said of what's so rapidly
replacing them? we thought
of the thousands of hammer
blows to hang the lath,
the horsehair in the plaster,
the long gone builders who
live on in what they crafted.
i hated to undo their work.
the brute blade of the prybar
laid bare the bones and i felt
the ghosts retreat deeper into
the shadows. it's ok, i said,
we're going to tuck you back in
with crisp white sheets of drywall.

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