In 1996 

Ashley M. Bunton

My neighbor murdered his girlfriend

the whole town sat on pins and needles

undecided news cameras held in the road

captured a story while we skipped rope

I held my club in a stick lean-to on the block

watching adults run up and down the street

quiet sneakers rushing by like us, selling drawings

too quiet, door to door

Ashley M. Bunton wrote poems as she worked as a journalist across a decade from 2010 to 2020. She took the advice of Virginia Woolf: “For heaven’s sake, publish nothing before you are thirty,” and is sharing her poems for the first time now that she’s “in her 30s.”

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