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nothing more was lost. Not a book, a laptop, The woman stands before me, waiting. For a a photo. None of the beds were wet, stunning long moment we watch each other, industrial it was, the water raining down around them. vacuums thundering overhead. Finally, she sets Artwork, just out of reach of sopping cascades. the wardrobe down and sits with me, certain, And my piano, protected within a halo, the at least, of what she sees: the water, so much flood water encroaching on all sides through the water, this swollen house. I lay my head on her carpet’s white wool then halting inches from the chest and weep a widow’s tears. piano’s legs. Lisa Richter is a freelance writer living in Laguna Beach, California. Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in the Santa Monica Review, the Orange Coast Review, the Squaw Valley Review, Months to Years, Unbroken, and bioStories. She is a poetry alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, holds an MFA, and is currently at work on a collection of personal essays reflecting on language, cooking, and life. These essays and more on Lisa can be found at TalismanOfHappiness.com 20