Susan Spear

Lilac Gowns

No pleasantries. Six women wait, alone.
Unalike save for the clinic gown.
One taps her toe, a sandaled metronome.
One quickly flips through Time, her head bentdown.
A wall of water dives through pastel green,
Inside a room of vulnerable breasts.
One fears she has a cancer gene,
A heartbreak that her history suggests.
One remembers infants' greedy lips,
Mornings half-asleep and milk-white nights.
They all recall their lovers' fingertips
And conjure scenes of jeopardized delights.
They breathe the common air. They wait. They turn
Away from eyes that mirror their concern.


I graded essays from last week;
We made a quick trip to the store.
You read John's Gospel in the Greek;
I mopped the hardwood kitchen floor.
You sat and paid the bills on-line;
I placed clean t-shirts in your drawer.
You organized your books, then mine;
I sent a message to the kids.
You tied the fence with baling twine;
I matched containers to their lids.
You sorted clothes to get rid of;
We double-checked our eBay bids.
We've finished all the chores above.
What's that? You're bored? We could make love.


Susan Spear graduated with an MFA in the Verseforms of Poetry in July 2012. She is an affiliate professor in the English Department at Colorado Christian University. Previously, she worked for eight years at Chatfield Senior High in Littleton where she was an English teacher and Instructional Coach. She brought both the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest and the Writers in the Schools program to Chatfield in 2010. Her poem, "The Lover's Knot," received honorable mention in the Denver Women's Press Club's Unknown Writers Contest in the spring of 2009. Her poems have appeared in Academic Questions, The Lyric, and Don't Just Sit There.


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