to russia

on a house outing
to the best chinese restaurant in san diego
which happens to be
less than a block from our house
let’s dress up!
i say
or wear at least one dress up thing

stepping along the sidewalk
red sequin skirt
catching light
and throwing it

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we’re going to russia
lester’s text says
and when i arrive
we split open mandarin oranges
under our fingernails
tarkovsky’s mirror
cued up

after the film
we patch the narrative together and i say
there was so much water