photo by mauricio alejandro ramos
Beverly M. Collins, is the author of the books, Quiet Observations: Diary Thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. She is one of three prize winners for the California State Poetry Society 2012 yearly competition. Her work has appeared in Poetry Speaks! Year of Great Poems and Poets (Calendar), California Quarterly, Journal of Modern Poetry, Altadena Poetry Review, Bits and Pieces Magazine and many other publications. In 2015, Beverly M. was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Independent American Poetry for her work that appears in Rubicon: Words & Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis. Collins was born in Delaware and grew up in New Jersey.
The moment tingled and the
Cold, salt-less afternoon
Sagged while I reflected.
Watch intently one can smell
Longing in a hollow glance.
Listen close and one may
Hear the cavities in teeth.
Prayers whispered that could wrap
This city warm, float unconvincing
The mouths they danced from.
Ready lips iced with dry disbelief
A better life was possible.
It was that moment I noticed a
single silk red rose as it proudly posed
in a shop window, like a mannequin
Beverly M. Collins