Poem 9 of 30

Francesco Balsamo Image
Francesco Balsamo Image

Just Fine

 

Overnight,

or was it a decade, I’m not sure

I woke to find this woman in my mirror

it took a moment to find my eyes in hers-

to find the little divot in the front tooth

where Duffy bumped my elbow hard

while I drank a bottle of coke in ’67

a glacial shapeshifting scene unfolds

foreshadowing who is to come

my fine, firm ass has given way

to a tight and toned vocabulary

rising, where my breasts once were

is a warrior who has survived

the breaking of her heart

cancer and the thousand cuts from former family

who worked hard to slice me into small pieces

they could wrap in paper napkins

and sneak into the trash-

being inedible bites to their delicate palettes-

a head of unruly root beer and whiskey hair

has become a thinner landscape

and emerging crown of silver

I don’t know this new woman

yet

or all she is capable of doing

but

I have a feeling

we’re gonna to get along

just fine

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo2020 Poem # 9: Just Fine

  1. Lovely, thought provoking and so very real. Time slowly stalks all of us. Those who survive to the elder years receive the sad gift of remembrance of a younger, vital self find themselves hesitant to recognize or accept there image from unkind mirrors or cameras…and cameras do seem to be every where now.

  2. Stunningly beautiful and poignant. Its just Mimi taking us through another visual journey using only her words.

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