LIfe Drawing Class


She offers
herself up, nude
Nervous, curious
A pretense
of grace
As the pose is set
denial of
A ripple of chill
across her clavicles
Spasm in the great toe
and down the
Knotty rope astride
the spine
A siren while
artists gaze
In the name of art
amazed by the strange
And wild thing where
bogs and shapes
And coastlines form
a pool of light
On her full exposure
a shimmer
Only she knows
as shiver
When she holds
Recalling love
left in the marrow
Shadows and bold lines
for shoulders
Holding up hope
treasured breasts
That fed another
and a belly
Of striations and
the lived-in look
Of where
her babies grew.

Selected Works

Chautauqua Poetry Contest Finalist
A tribute to land and those who honor it
view from a model
a poem about soldiering
A whimsical look at the art world
This excerpt from Gahlís first novel was a Glimmer Train finalist in the Very Short Fiction competition.
Short Story
A one-night stand between an overweight dancer and a disc jockey creates some serendipitous issues.

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