The woman's hanging washing on a line.
Somewhere a child. A dog runs
through a narrow space.

The woman hefts
a sheet from a damp basket.
Where's the child? The dog runs.
Its tongue lolls.

The woman is seen
through a narrow space.
The white sheets draped on the*line*
hide the child. The dog runs,*
getting bigger, closer.*
It wags its tail.*

Where will I find you, water woman?*
In the dripping of a tap?*
The weave of a wash-cloth?*
The gutter? The cloud?*

The child counts*
its fingers and toes. The dog runs.*
A sheet dries in the wind.

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