Sunday, January 4, 2015

“Visitors to the ROM” by Charlene Jones


The woman, taller by five inches 
a gift of her shoes 

dressed her shapely legs 
this morning in black tights 
her torso in a light cotton dress 
with tiny blue flowers, 
ambiguous above the promise 
of those dark stems. 

She shrugged on a form fitted 
beige jacket, short in the body 
short in the sleeves, 
almost childlike 

but when he, suited 
hair slicked fashionably back 
arrived at their agreed time 

it was the shoes he saw, 
their promise 
of someone unbalanced 
vulnerable to toppling. 

They amble carefully 
not touching each other 
searching Egyptian mummies. 

Charlene Jones’ poetry has most recently appeared on Commuterlit. This, poem, “Visitors to the ROM” was a runner up in the Ontario Poetry Society’s annual Arborealis poetry contest. Charlene also writes for her radio program Off the Top with Whistle Radio, 102.7 fm, aired every second Tuesday from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Note: Whistle Radio and CommuterLit have recently teamed up to run a monthly contest. Details here.) You can see Charlene perform her poetry and prose at Portobello Restaurant and Bar the first Saturday every month in Toronto. Finally,  Chalene’s first novel, The Stain was released in September.   


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