Thursday, August 22, 2013

Which is my face?

First published in Prairie Schooner, Volume 85, Number 4, Winter 2011

Mary Byrne

Old Mary Byrne posed for the camera
holding a photograph
of herself taken years ago.
Two faces:
the first a plate
embellished for display;
the second
a pattern of neolithic swirls
engraved into stone
—a life carved into its face—
two dangling earrings:
two broken chains.

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