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Fabrice Poussin: Shatter The Chest

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Color of Her Pain

What color would she paint her pain on a Friday night

as she sits patiently in wait of the coming hours?

What fabric would she choose for the somber evening

when the crowds pretend her invisibility once more?

Artist, she would choose the brushes of her dreams

and apply the watercolors on a standing canvas

to let the mixture of her tears cry to a floor of clouds.

No black, no white, but a rainbow of choices she never had

to taint the cotton candy of a youth so long captive

within the nebulous walls of those alien lives.

Her chest heaves once again, she sighs softly in her world

holding her soul so tight in a safer embrace, alone

she crosses her dreams over the bruised depth of her;

a bluish aura of ice cold memories envelop her future.

Shivering in the flesh she shares with her gentle kin;

is there suddenly no hope for a warmer hearth?

Must she shed those moments endlessly again?

Can she not rejoice in the reprieve of the gentle neighbor!

The shape of her pain grows into a mound of aching nectar;

a strange substance bearing no semblance to her elegance,

so close to graze her satin sphere, her disguised friend hopes

to simply shatter the opal treasure chest and free her.

About the Author: Poussin teaches French and English at a university in Georgia, USA. His work in poetry and photography has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other publications worldwide. Most recently, his collections “In Absentia,” and “If I Had a Gun,” were published in 2021 and 2022 by Silver Bow Publishing.


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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