Adolescence

The photo falls
from the pressed
pages of a book.
Here in the slight slant
of remaining light,
I see it
is of a young girl
turning
from a door
slightly open.
Her lips are parted
caught
between
thought and speech—balancing
the clumsiness of her youth
with the certainty of coming grace.

There are others in the picture:
a younger cousin, an aunt
both of whom know how to look
at the camera—how to make it smile.
She has forgotten; perhaps
she has yet to learn.

Crouched here where the attic eaves
meet the floor, settled beneath
the small window ledge
I want to call out to her
to gather what she can—
forgetting
for the moment
the price
of such cargo.

Adolescence

Mary Ann Reilly

Ringwood, United States

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