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Mary Camarillo

King of California at Sweetwater Community Church

Guitar strings reflecting
water rippling over rocks
in the green Kern River,

pedal steel weeping
like canyon winds
haunting scrub oak trees,

voice ringing absolute
as gospel bells, echoing
off deer-grassed hillsides,


secrets learned at some
devil’s crossroad, magic made
from ten thousand hours


of journeyman’s work.
The hairs on the backs
of our necks rise and testify.


We are changed.

About the Author

Mary Camarillo’s first novel will be published by She Writes Press in June of 2021. Her short fiction and poems have appeared in publications such as The Bookends Review, The Second Corona Book of Horrors, and The Ear. Connect with Mary on Instagram, Facebook, or her website.


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