The American Journal of Poetry
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Eric Chiles

Late blossom


While her husband breathed
she kept her blossoms sheathed.
For big family occasions - like weddings
- she wore simple hand-made fashions
stitched from fabric she bought
at the dollar store, and taught
her daughters how to tailor clothes
- A-line, high-waist, sheath or yoke
- for themselves if the need arose.

For years she wore the same
simple dark blue blouson
until her late's cremation where
she wore a store-bought floral flounce
that made her smile and look so young.
No one ever saw that blue dress again
- she mixed it with his ashes.




ERIC CHILES is an award-winning former career journalist who teaches journalism and writing courses at a number of colleges in the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania. He holds a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Allegro, American Journal of Poetry, Apeiron Review, Asses of Parnassus, Chiron Review, Plainsongs, Tar River Poetry, and Third Wednesday.




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