The Little Loss

by Dorothy Doyle Mienko
PenShells
Honorable Mention, April 2017
Judged by R.T. Castleberry


My hair falls
into the wastebasket
like a death

How can I explain
this letting go
shall I mention

The word fistful
of long strands
loud as weeping

Here is a smoky dream
and I am in it
permanent enough

to scar

I shall slide
down this long night
of black stars

Entirely open
to meet myself
on steepled

Stairways
where sadness
wears me

As gown
of blue leaves
the baldness

Touches me
touching it
momentarily

I accept
how I am fog
even so

These scars
own nothing
my heart

it directs with a fist



  • February 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      Nebraska, Summer
      by Greta Bolger
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Goldback Fern
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Negotiatin’ Wi Demons (For wee Rabbie Burns)
      by John J. Williamson
      PenShells

  • January 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      You Arrive Like Fall, Suddenly
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Second Place

      Waiting for the Second Coming
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      Homeless
      by J.J. Williamson
      Babilu

      Honorable Mention

      When I Go Out and Then Come Back
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum