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Low Rent Urban Housing

May 20, 2013

by Margaret S. Mullins

i almost step
on two eastern box turtles
gold and black shells hiding
in clumps of spent violets
unharmed inside their hard
low-roofed houses
heads and feet pulled in
safe from the mower blades
that i pushed right over them


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Margaret S. Mullins splits her time between rural Maryland and downtown Baltimore. She is a Pushcart nominee and the editor of Manorborn 2009: The Water Issue (Abecedarian Press). Her chapbook, Family Constellation, was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press.