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MY GRANDMOTHER'S RUBY RING

Did not filter
down to me
who wanted it.  I
was not as great a beauty 
as my mother, one
of 8 my grandmother
birthed: 2 daughters
made the cut.
My mother in sepia 
light of an old 
photograph is seated
at the piano, head
bent over sheet music 
as if about to play
(except her sister
was the musical one)
She's wearing 
a necklace that
she and her sister
lusted for
to wear when
dressing up. Her sister
not as great a beauty 
as my mother who 
wears the necklace
down the front
of her dress.  She
wears no smile, 
no need
to beguile. Beauty
was her duty.
She did it
surpassingly
well.

Copyright © Nola Perez

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  1. Date: 1/27/2016 4:26:00 PM

    Great write Nola..
  1. Date: 1/27/2016 3:53:00 PM

    One can sense a little animosity here. "Beauty of whatever kind, in it's supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears." Edgar Allen Poe.

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