Poet’s Corner: Manicure

By Alida J. O’Loughlin

 The hands extended as in an offering

The nails in supplication

To be touched, to earn approval

From the Master Colorist

Who thinks in terms of reds and purples

Of oranges and blues

Blues for the peaceful countrysides

Soiled by all the reds of blood

Soiled by Agent Orange as an additive

To purple burning sunsets, in destruction

The hands extended as an offering of peace

A supplication for forgiveness.

When not writing some poetry or short stories, Alida J. O’Loughlin is editing a memoir and trying to master new technologies in order to promote the artwork of her partner, Washington Ledesma, as well as her own photography.