Amy Pence The 2River View, 8.3 (Spring 2004)

                                  The Unsaid

Of 1963, I remember

The nexus

little, but the

locked words: infidels

woman locked in

but for this, but for



a sideshow trick

that betrayal

The thick maillot she wore

webbed, broad

her lips, faintly blue


beneath the red lipstick

an unknown

—purple then,

that you cannot


or will not

exhume: the sign

enter without

my parents’ marriage fracturing
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