Abundance to Share with the Birds
by Andrea Potos

Another early morning
in front of the bathroom mirror–
my daughter making faces
at herself while I pull
back her long brown hair,
gathering the breadth and shine
in my hands, brushing
and smoothing before weaving
the braid she will wear
to school for the day.
After, stray strands
nestle in the brush, and because
nothing of beauty is ever wasted,
I pull them out,
stand on the porch and let them fly.

–From Her Joy Becomes (Fernwood Press, 2022)


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