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Sweet and Sour
27Jun2017
article by
Lori Taylor
Poem
8

Excited hands
wrecked     
     the small     
     neatly wrapped     
     red package     
     with a silver bow 

then

discovered      
     the blue box     
     within—
    
a gift of               

Noxema                    

for

a                             
    
tween.

The obnoxiously      
loud      
astringent
wiped
     away     
     fragile     
     confidence

leaving     
     a     
     squeaky
     clean
     zero
     esteem.


8 responses to “Sweet and Sour”

  1. Larry Wheeler says:

    Wow. That packed a serious punch. I love the irony of something that’s supposed to be used for healing causing real pain. Hope the poem was healing for you

    • Lori Taylor says:

      Thanks, Larry. You know it was unbearable pain when it is still so fresh–just like being twelve again. And yes, I write it as a memory now, and still love my aunt!

  2. Jim Lally says:

    so good…
    noxema sounds noxious

  3. I can still smell it.

  4. Melva Sue Priddy says:

    I can smell it too.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your June offerings.

    • Lori Taylor says:

      You are so kind and encouraging, Melva Sue! Thank you for taking time to read and comment. I am a budding poet in my forties and appreciate when someone else can appreciate my perspective in words. 🙂

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