Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Portraits of Childhood by Rachael Hershon

Shadow of a mill
heavy on roadside
Nearby a dam spits 
water flecked with
cigarette butts
Motorcycles rattle
disappear behind
gridded ranch houses
where last scraps of sun
cling to pine tips

Blue curtains
blue paper masks
extra large johnny
unemptied commode
your father asleep
beside a chiming
heart monitor
weight of your bag
at the foot of his bed

Stretches of brick
hold shards of sun
Silver river
bluefish belly-up
ghosts of violet mountains
inhale waking smokestacks

Rachael Hershon's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Avalon Literary Review, Poetry Quarterly, and A Quiet Courage. She is from the Boston, Massachusetts area and is currently an undergraduate studying English and Creative Writing at Brandeis University.

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