KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 12: Summer 2019
Ekphrastic Poem: 79 words [R]
Visual Art: Painting [R]

You Walk By and I Fall to Pieces

by Devon Balwit

in ragged unraveling, careful Palmer penmanship abandoning the lines. I practice a face for you, but it ends up scarified. Later, I trace your ink-whorled ridges, a forever darkness borne in my skin. No matter how deep I set my foundations, you pluck me up, a high-spinning hurtle which lands me, broken. It’s gotten so I don’t even try to retrieve the pieces. Each day I learn to live with less.


You Walk By and I Fall to Pieces, painting by Lorette C. Luzajic

You Walk By and I Fall to Pieces
(Mixed-media painting, 8x10 inches, 2017)

Copyrighted © 2017 by Lorette C. Luzajic. All rights reserved.

—Published previously in Risk Being / Complicated: Poems by Devon Balwit, Inspired by the Collage Art of Lorette C. Luzajic (CreateSpace, January 2018); poem and painting are reproduced here with permissions from both the poet and the artist.

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