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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Future Tense by Leigh K. Sugar

Helen will practice gestures
to quiet the futures she promised herself
as a child: I will one day be a police-
officer or a princess
, she’d committed,
standing on the living-room coffee table
all tutu and headband and wand.
It is always time for dress-up
somewhere, she will reason, all chignon
and pantsuit-pretend,
and in the mirror will find shapes
where her eyes used to be.


Date: 2017

By: Leigh K. Sugar (19??- )