Monday, April 11, 2005

"A Portrait Poem" From 'Rough Portrait' by Barbara Jacobs


from "ROUGH PORTRAIT" by Barbara Jacobs

Attracted by the jackets
of their dagger breasts,

one year varnished, two years
placed in a wooden bookcase,

my sister, my mother. Naked
women, polished and buried

deep in their ample books.
My father and I, he himself,

attracted—my naked year
buried deep—two wooden years.

c 2005 Lorna Dee Cervantes


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