“Penelope Waiting” by Robin Sams

June 24, 2015

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tired of longing, she
pulled out the hairs
one by one
a callous nod to beauty
it wouldn’t do her much good
alone
in the tub, she
closed her eyes
and pretended her fingers
again always her fingers
always the tub
always the stuttering rhythm of the fan
there just there mind’s eye
is one she could love
over and over
but this time her cry
is a sob
impatient thing
the weight of years
she stumbled out swearing
she could hold on
for the breath of a song
for the core of a word
a promise

 

robinsamsRobin A. Sams is a writer living on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. She has a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and in Classical Philology from Hollins University. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Island Writer magazine and the anthology Women. Period. In 2014, she published her first full-length book of poetry, Sore: fantasies and inhibitions. To read more of her work, visit her blog at http://robinasams.wordpress.com.