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Betsy Johnson-Miller
Published: Tue Jul 1 2003
Art: Paul TheriaultEver New (detail), 2022, acrylic and found paper on scavenged wood
If you are traveling with a live child

forget canyons,
_    _monuments
they are all genitalia anyway

which is why fathers
always take pictures

and wouldn’t Freud have a cigar
day with that

but no one is allowed
to smoke anymore

_    _especially
after sex
because it kills
the feng shui
of the moment

and what is traveling
besides moments

_    _where we are

where we are not meant to be

which explains
_    _the pictures

the desire

to say to anyone
who will listen

I was here.

Betsy Johnson-Miller is a poet, pastor, and author of a young-adult novel series. Her work has appeared in The Seattle Review, AGNI, Ascent, The Chiron Review, and elsewhere. (updated 6/2010)

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