She stared into a worn-out mirror
familiar motion of early morning rises
seeking the imperfection born of the darkness.
Uncertain in the first hours of early frosts
she Passed her personal inspection
with the gaze of an unmatched surgeon.
Robed in the purity of the soft cotton
she caresses the gentle envelope of the years
complete in the glee that life still loans.
Remembering birthdays of another century
she wonders at the purity of the white satin
where not a line yet has written a somber destiny.
The certainty of time has gone into another realm
where dimensions come together into space
and she smiles even when they call her granny.
About the Author: Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.
Image Credit: Jacob Byerly “Portrait of an Elderly Woman in Matron Cap” (1844) Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.
“It’s a girl I can tell, we’ve had nothing but trouble”
They had only just found out a few months before.
The mother was happy, if apprehensive.
The father was accepting.
And I remember him saying to me
with the mother out of earshot:
“it’s a girl I can tell, we’ve had nothing but trouble.”
And I thought to myself what kind of trouble
can a tiny blob in a belly make?
He gave me that if you only knew face
that parents of children give to those without children.
Then the mother called him over and he
put his hand over her belly as though he were
trying to keep something from escaping.
I smiled to the mother who really did have
a strange glow about her.
About the Author: Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Cultural Weekly, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.
More By Ryan Quinn Flanagan:
“Robbie the Owl”
“He Brought His Canvases Over”
“Before Evening Med Pass”
Image Credit: Jacob Byerly “Family Portrait” (1855) Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.