At a Slant
by Geri Rosenzweig

I’ve heard there’s no love
in the world but even

the pilot fish passes
down to her children the knack

of living close
to the shark’s mouth.

I’ve never forgotten
the green,

silk blouse my mother
put the finishing touches to

with a cool iron
one summer evening while

I teased my hair
to a 60s bouffant in her mirror

hanging at a slant
above her sideboard;

it keeps me singing towards
the possible.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 3.

Geri Rosenzweig was born and grew up in Ireland. Work has appeared in Nimrod, Rhino, and Poet Lore. She won the BBC Wildlife Magazine Poetry Award, the Rueben Rose Award, (Visions Israel), the Walt Whitman Poetry Society, NY Poetry Award. She has had two chapbooks published, and a collection, Under the Jasmine Moon (HMS Press, Canada).

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