Lisa DeSiro

Sibling Snapshot

Posed in the afternoon light, we squint.
I can see why we were mistaken for twins:
same height, same bowl-cut tawny hair
with straight bangs, the clothes we wear
color-coordinated. We're dressed
for Easter Mass, our Sunday best.
I have on a flowered frock, knee
socks, white gloves too big for me.
My brother's suit-collar tips protrude,
polyester wings, on either side
of his neck. His hand touches my shoulder.
I'm six years old. He's two years older.
We have blond sun-halos on our heads.
His mouth is open. What was said?

Imagined Advice from Vincent Millay

Staying friends with lovers can be done.
It just requires patience and finesse.
Say you've got yourself in a bit of a mess
with two gentleman admirers: one
who "isn't really single" and one
who decides that he "well, more or less"
prefers remaining single. A stress-
provoking situation, although fun
might be had… But if things have gone
far enough with both, the key to success—
fully being platonic (which might depress
the most resilient heart, when left alone)
is this: write until you stop dwelling on it.
You see? Simple. Simple as a sonnet.


Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). Her poems have been published in various print and online journals, as well as in Writers Resist: The Anthology (Running Wild Press, 2018) and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017). Her texts have also been set to music by several composers. Along with her job as Production & Editorial Assistant for C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works, Lisa is an assistant editor for Indolent Books and a freelance accompanist. Read more at https://thepoetpianist.wordpress.com/.


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