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Issue 3: May 2020
Poetry: 108 words
Cherita Sequence
By Cindy Bousquet Harris


I have no toes 
to balance 

my checkbook 

economy of skin, 
a robust 


my hands are flat, 
how am I supposed 

to hug, no one 
if I could 

and who would want to 


study in knee-sharp beige 

call me desert, sand, 
a pear, not 
cream with coffee 

wood or lion fur 


carp are brighter, 
vibrant, at least the koi 

in their landscaped pools 
without a boat 

what good are paddle feet 


I hide 

ribbed legs a jail cell 

no fountain 
from shadow 


triangle on my head 
cannot disguise 

the lumps, nor 

a grief in mud-hue 


—Semi-finalist in MacQ’s Magician Ekphrastic Writing Challenge

Cindy Bousquet Harris
Issue 3, May 2020

is a poet, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and the editor of Spirit Fire Review. Her poems can be found, or are forthcoming, in Nostos, Unlost Journal, Pomona Valley Review, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, and in several anthologies, including Poemeleon’s Over the Moon. She has led poetry workshops for adults and at-risk youth, and has curated anthologies of young people’s poetry. She lives in Southern California with her husband and their children.

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