“to beat the band” by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Alexis Rhone Fancher

you take a good picture, he says,
picking up
the framed, Fuji-color
taking it in.

it is me, so strong,
a good actress, I am.
I’ve hidden the pain
of that raw time.
he doesn’t look hard enuf
to see it.
can you blame him?
it is all we can do
to cover our own grief.

in the photo I look
happy, strong, arms above
my head
& those dark glasses
glinting back
the harsh winter sun,
the red
around my neck

& I look good
real good
& if you didn’t
check the date –
if you didn’t know,
you’d never
that inside I was
to beat
the band.

-Alexis Rhone Fancher
December 25, 2009
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