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LITTLE GIRLS IN PINK
by
Kristene Brown

Swaddled in a nest of pink

little flesh-bud faces flush


against the skin of motherís

instinct, bundled in the


lull of milk-sleep, soft sink

into rose-patch cheek


the color of passivity

everywhere, little girls in


tulip-shaped dresses and

roll-back baby eyes, the


fuss and frill of pastel

lace, a tiny hand grip


surprise, who would

ever guess the strength


of that shade, the layers

within the hue, in each


hospital nursery room

the baby-cry of spring


bloom, bouquets of pink

flowers for each pink


bundle, uprooted, plucked

and placed into a ribbon-


tied vase, fisting against

the air, rising tall and strong


as they do every year.



Kristene Brown is an MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has previously been published, or has work forthcoming, in Folly, Forge, Swink, Westward Quarterly, and many others. She is also a psychiatric social worker for the state of Kansas.



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