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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014

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Anita Guenin
San Diego, California, USA


The Blue Dress

From my first paycheck, I bought my mother a navy blue faille dress. She mostly wore house dresses as her work was to clean the rooming house where we lived. Running the place was the only means to support us, her three children. Sometimes I'd come home from school to find her lying down with her legs propped up against the wall, trying to ease the pain from varicose veins. Like most children regarding their parents, I wasn't aware of her sacrifices. The dress had long tight sleeves and a nipped waist. I thought it looked classy, like something Grace Kelley would wear. The jewel neckline was round and high. I think she wanted to be grateful, but she said, "I feel like I'm choking."

white dress
hem muddied from rain
first communion


Haiku previously published in Frogpond.

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