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Monday, 10 May 2021

La Sorcière by Elline Lipkin

In literal French: a sorceress, a witch, also slang for any older, unmarried woman.  In French custom, a sorcière is also the name for a simple band worn as a safeguard above a wedding ring.

It curls,
a thin slice of dun moon, its pressed lips
un-made-up against the stars’ hoyden brass.

And lines,
a tin wrinkle marring the stone’s set face,
a pucker of grey band capping the light’s fall.

It twists,
the concierge against her 6 a.m. broom, restless to sweep
two sets of 4 a.m. prints, fugitives fled past her door.

And taunts,
the loose gleam off a crinoline, a fille de joie’s indolent wink,
bordered by the nun’s stern wimple, the crone’s weird glance.

It sets,
flash status against the spinster’s slow fade, last aunt,
the mystery within the sealed attic’s rat-a-tat-tat.

Then pairs,
two cards pulled side by side from the arcana,
the diamond’s naive reach, the queen’s argentine pall.


Date: 2016

By: Elline Lipkin (19??- )