KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 10: Fall 2018
Prose Poem: 105 words

Flight to Warsaw

by Linda Nemec Foster

The woman with a tiny arm deformed by thalidomide waves to her husband before she enters the security checkpoint. He waves back, not embarrassed by her small, foreshortened gesture. The perspective more dimensionally correct than any pre-Renaissance painting by an anonymous monk in the Dark Ages. But it’s Warsaw she’s flying to, not Florence. Warsaw—where all perspective is skewed by Swedish invasions, battles with Teutonic Knights, the Nazi flood, and the Soviet drought. How else to explain the woman’s arm in the context of history? How else to understand her husband’s faithfulness despite the absent ring on the missing left hand?


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