In second grade,
my mother and her best friend
Rebecca took the shortcut
home from grade school,
fashioned a beauty pageant
from ribbons and flowers
they found in the trash out back
of Sweeney-Dodd's funeral home.
"In Memorium" and "Dear Husband"
sashayed home with lily-scented hair,
their pageant sashes sparkling with glitter.
Cindy Benabderrahman lives in Amsterdam, Ohio in a 19th-century company house with her husband, Oualid. She left K-12 education for a career in telecommunications, and she does freelance editorial work on the side. She is a mixed media artist and writer, and her work has been published in journals including Red Fez Review, Orange Room Review, and Arabesques.