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Welcome to My Website

Amy Small-McKinney
Poet, Editor, Teacher

You Are Still My Daughter


My body steel wool and parchment

literal and figurative soft vowel hard consonant


My body lavender and gunmetal gray

its long corridor leading back toward another


Returning as it always does

to stuffed giraffes and painted slats of wood


Though you are thirty-one years old

still my body hears yours


Though miles away heart in mouth

when I catch your sorrow


Or joy and forget whose body I carry

mine a well-used oak table


Or yours the orchid you brought to me years ago

that keeps reblooming

pacificReview, 2024, BODY Issue

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