Kate Powell Shine


Swarming in a hive of Tyvek
coated with white vinyl siding
and honeycombed with glass
rectangles, they slam wooden planks
against the street, failed ollies
piling up under scraped skin.
A car growls up against them;
the mob stares with fifteen-
year-old haughtiness.
The car snarls louder; you
sound the horn. Cutting a sharp
angle with his chin, one of them
indicates: this parking space
has been acquired.

Kate Powell Shine has studied creative writing at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD. She is currently studying psychology in the the Human Sciences graduate program at Hood College in Frederick, MD. She is interested in the psychology of creativity and book binding, and spends too much time online.

Published in Volume 8, Number 4, Fall 2007.