Communiqué from Goud


 Communiqué from Goud


An eight-year-old girl sits,
makes paper dolls
on paint-spattered table covered with supplies.
Mid-morning sun creates her dust mote halo
in a Saturday art studio.

Bottle-bottom glasses and braided pigtails
greet everyone with the same salutation,
I see you!

I pique her guarded curiosity.
She pauses her single-minded pursuit,
looks up, repeats,
I see you!

I smile.
Playfulness guides my response—
I see you, too!

Confused, she pauses
before her wandering, brown eyes become
re-absorbed in her inner-world building.

Confused, I wonder
who it is that she sees.


Jordan Trethewey


Jordan Trethewey is the author of four books of poetry, including "Spirits for Sale" (Pski's Porch Publishing), and the forthcoming "Unexpected Mergers" (Pski's Porch Publishing). He lives and works in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Some of his poetry, fiction, and non-fiction inhabits on-line publications such as Burning House Press, Visual Verse, Carpe Arte Journal, Fishbowl Press, The Blue Nib, Red Fez, Anti-Heron Chic, Sheila-Na Gig Editions, Drunk Monkeys, and Spillwords.  Jordan is an editor at,, and His poetry is translated in Vietnamese and Farsi. To see more of his work, visit:

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