Narrative Poem Incorporating Six Words

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My partner and I hike along the path through old-growth cedars and bracken fern to the bottle-green pools of Opal Creek. It’s a hot day — just right for a swim.
The air is soft. The basalt is smooth, dark, and warm. He arranges his body comfortably on the rocks, absorbing heat like a large, sturdy reptile.
I wade in small…



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