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Breath & Shadow

Winter 2013 - Vol. 10, Issue 1

"Flowers For Libby"

written by

Nancy Scott

Glass is fragile and heavy,

but the colors caught forever

in paper that looks like silk

in a vase of cardboard

are fun to see

next to the TV

she no longer watches.


She can't read the birthday cards

that clutter and confuse.

But those two-dollar tulips never die,

miraculously given

each night

by a nurse or friend or child

while she sleeps

and dreams of vanishing soil.

Nancy Scott's over-550 bylines have appeared in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and newspapers, and as audio commentaries. An essayist and poet, she has published three chapbooks. Recent work appears in Burnside Review, Contemporary Haibun Online, Thema, and Wordgathering. She won First Prize in the 2009 International Onkyo Braille Essay Contest.

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