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Poppy by Carol Dandrade

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Poetry


Robin Hotel

Bernadine Lortis

She pretends Im not here

hoping Ill pretend I dont see her
sitting there in silent profile
without the slightest turn of her head

looking straight forward as if a personal operetta
is being performed on a miniature stage
and she dare not shift or shed miss a note,

but that single eye,

that shiny black marble, fierce
as a fiery opal from inside the labyrinth
of the lacy lilac tree,

follows each movement I make

knowingly aware that her lifes creation
is at stake from nothing more than sharp shears
that could trim the branch from within

though I doubt shed give in
without waging all-out war.





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