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Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

Bernadette Reamer

Honorable Mention

The View

The view
from one red-sashed window leaning-
a tired tome needing support
Fantastic worlds and rollicking tales inscribed
in the steel bones of a city
in one city block
in one city, blocked
tilting precariously
between a dream and a
nightmare
a jester’s harlequin tights
or tattered patchwork pants
dark, fluid calligraphy
or a villain’s inky eyebrows
A super spy’s zipline
or a villain’s trip wire
or
maybe
it’s just
a clothesline.

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