Thursday, 3 May 2018

Today Writing In A Woman's Voice celebrates its 500th post of poems and stories told in a woman's voice with:

A life in process

by Lynne Zotalis

Still so much fragility in me,
hidden by bravado.

The tears pour over a welling
of my lower lid
to cheeks
that anticipate anointing.

I lick my lip and it’s salty,
and I miss the taste of my sweet love.

Sitting on this faded plum, nylon chair
you bought,
I don’t remember where or when,
but you scoured the back roads along the Mississippi
before you discovered it,
paying twenty dollars.

Better than that was the wrong turn onto gravel,
“I found this clearing enclosed by walnuts and red oak,” you’d tell me,
knowing I’d fix a picnic basket
and we’d spend a sun-bathed fall afternoon there
in the nature
of each other.

I can still close my eyes
and feel your soft breath
in my ear
six years after the ocean
called your name.

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As a freelance contributor and member in the Iowa Poetry Association, Lynne Zotalis’s poetry has been published in Lyrical Iowa for ten years running. She is a member of the Peace and Social Justice Writers Group at the Loft in Minneapolis, MN, with contributions to their chapbook and Turning Points: Discovering Meaning and Passion in Turbulent Times. Her poetry has appeared in Tuck Magazine and Poetic Bond VII , and Lynne was one of six winners of the RH Cunningham short story contest published in the book Life Dances. All available on Amazon.

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