Her fire burns true.

It inspires desire

in a small room

where desperation

usually resides.

He riffles through

photos of her past,

filling in background

stories to have them

make some sense.

She wants to shake

the world with her art,

brutal honesty

couched in metaphor

and practiced bluster.

She has been hurt,

abandoned, bludgeoned

emotionally, but she

makes no excuses,

seeks no apology.

Her life is hyper,

not really real.

He sees this innocence

in-between posed

black and white portraits.

Tell her to smile

at your own risk.

She is emblem

of new strength,

the kind that

weds ego and pride

to the assembled panel

that discusses sex

as casual necessity,

no different from

any other office supply,

a means to achieve

an end through which

new story begins.

Gary Glauber

Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist.  His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press), and a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press), are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publishers. 

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