“For Billie Holiday” and “Snapshot: Pre-Breakup” by Vicki Poulos

For Billie Holiday

Lyric rent from fettered fruit.
Trades
silk
for
kerosene.
Trades
elegy
for
dirge.
Trades
unfettered lyric from rent fruit.

Snapshot: Pre-Breakup

Aside the now idle steps held hands
sustain
an
instant’s
shutter-hold
sustain
guttered
smiles,
cannot
sustain
held hands idling now, aside the steps.

Vicki Poulos
10/17/15

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