Black & White

Got a photograph of a smile
taken way back when we could smile.
Now this plane will take me
where, I don’t know…
– Collective Soul



There’s a sepia tone
smile somewhere in this drawer
that says we once were
something more,

before things went gray.
Before the lines got blurred.
Before you slurred the words
and punched the wall. Before

I balled up the dress that was
my mama’s and ripped the photo
in half
as my heart.

Before I started wondering
what else could be.

Before both the night
and the chalk dust
cleared, and I no longer


Poetic Asides November Chapbook Challenge, day 30. Whew. 

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2 Responses to Black & White

  1. Gastradamus says:

    Deep stuff, keep it up sly poet u.
    Wo7ld love your feedback on my new short called The Writers Block. Hope to see you there

  2. Shawna says:

    This poem literally gives me a stomach ache. It’s that good.

    “There’s a sepia tone
    smile somewhere in this drawer”

    I balled up the dress that was”

    Just a couple of favorites, but it’s all amazing — especially your line breaks.

    At the end, I see “I no longer sea-leered or feared leaving” … So I’m thinking you’re a selkie who did come to land and legs for a lover, but he let you down, so back into the ocean you go.

    Or maybe it’s about your divorce. But this version is more fun. 😉

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