photo by mauricio alejandro ramos
Shawn Aveningo is a globally published, award-winning poet who can’t stand the taste of coconut, eats pistachios daily and loves shoes … especially red ones! (redshoepoet.com) Shawn’s work has appeared in over 100 literary journals and anthologies. She’s a Pushcart nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box, managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon and journal designer for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions. Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon.
Red Shoe Poet
Keeping the Rabbit Warm
I’m three, maybe four, sharing the seat of a shopping cart
with a black patent-leather handbag. It has a shiny gold clasp
and a loop at the top through which Nana slides
her white-gloved hand, the purse balancing on her forearm,
while she scoops me up with the other. She offers me a Lifesaver
peels the silver wrapper to reveal the coveted red one.
I watch her extract a myriad of objects from this purse—
collapsible cup, coral lipstick, pancake-powder smudged compact.
It’s like watching a magician. I keep trying to peek inside
for the hidden white rabbit. Perhaps she keeps a cape in there too—
reversible with red satin. When she isn’t putting on her show,
I believe it keeps the rabbit safe and warm.