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"One Million Years Ago Yesterday" & "Weakness" by Fabrice B. Poussin

One Million Years Ago Yesterday

A big girl now she recalls the first dress

purchased with money of babies sat

perfect for endless summers with boys

bare feet on sands so hot she cried.

Always willing arms protected her

when rains fell heavy onto the shore

lightning struck wild waves on the horizon

she begged for another day to come so bright.

Little stars crowd her memories as they fall

innumerable from distant worlds

she cannot assemble the fragments

of moments lost in a shapeless cosmos.

The large mirror tells a precious tale

as she stands in earnest by a jealous star

so little seems different for the aging child

woman of centuries and universal truths.


I give you the weakness of my skin

so you can press your finger upon my soul

leave traces of your prints on my thoughts.

I submit to you the tenderness of my heart

so you may handle it with your care

its beats at the mercy of your will.

I surrender all that might be strength in your palms

so you may weigh its authentic measure

and smile when you understand its truth.

It is my gift to you in earnest

so you will embrace this offering

and hold it into your breast forevermore.

Poussin is a professor of French and. His work in poetry and photography has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and hundreds of other publications worldwide. Most recently, his collections In Absentia, and If I Had a Gun, were published in 2021 and 2022 by Silver Bow Publishing.


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