One Saturday Afternoon

Tammy Robacker

I watched my mother
(Who had grown
All of her fingernails
Very long) choose
Not to dust or clean
The house that day

Instead she polished
Each pointy oval tip
A bright candy pink
Twice over then added
A translucent topcoat
And let them air-dry

While she eased back
Ignoring everything:
The kitchen, my father,
Even me, and leisured
To read Prisoner of Desire
On our old green sofa.


Tammy Robacker graduated from the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program in Creative Writing, Poetry at Pacific Lutheran University (2016). She won the 2015 Keystone Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, "R". Her second poetry book, Villain Songs was just released by ELJ Publications. Tammy's poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in Alyss, Lumen, FRiGG, Tinderbox, Menacing Hedge, Chiron Review, Duende, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review and others. Tammy was born in Germany, raised in Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Oregon with her fiancé.

Comments

  1. I enjoy these slice of life poems.

    • Tammy R. says:

      Yes, it really is a snapshot moment/memory I tried to capture. It’s all one sentence, too. 🙂

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