KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 4: Fall 2015
Ekphrastic Haibun: 90 words
(Poem + Image)  

For Kate

by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Kate O'Donnell, by Alexis Rhone Fancher

You step out of the Benz, grab your carry-on, about to be swallowed by the throng pouring into Terminal 1. Your white-fringed head sports new growth after the latest round of radiation. You look like the Buddhist nun you’ve always carried inside of you. I hug you goodbye for the fifth time. You pull back and your eyes pin mine, bore into me like panic, like love. I read your thoughts. You memorize my face. I hold your gaze in my throat.

Amazon strong, one
breast gone, one foot in the grave,
her desperate smile.

[Photograph of Kate O’Donnell is copyrighted by Alexis Rhone Fancher.]

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