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My Son Standing Near a Glass of Water

Tiny air bubbles pincushion the glass
catching rainbows
so perfectly full of light’s live hand
touching also the hair and beard
of the man he has become.

As he stands abstracted by what he hears
through strands of earbuds invisible to me,
this glistening listening fills my moment,
an ordinary container bearing prisms so fleeting,
I must look once again twice.


Sheryl Slocum lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she teaches composition and English as a second language at Alverno College. Her poetry has appeared in many literary publications including the Wisconsin Academy Review, the former iteration of Wisconsin People & Ideas.

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