Flannery et al

She is reported to have had beautiful blue eyes.

That plus the fact Flannery couldn’t tell her best friend’s

children apart I find reassuring as I consider myself.

I’ve always struggled to remember names. And although

my driver’s license says brown, the truth is my eyes are blue.

I cannot say they’re beautiful. But they’re blue for that

that is the habit I’ve acquired, the way I’ve learned to see.


That wild and precious poet revealed Whitman as the

brother she never had. O’Connor is the sister I always wanted.

I used to believe that was Dillard, but I’ve come to see

Annie as paramour (I’ve learned she likes words like that).

It seems sane not to blur the lines between literary lovers and

siblings although I admit it can present a challenge when several,

like Mary Oliver, have the most beautiful blue eyes.



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  1. Abby on November 3, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    LOVE this. Thank you.

  2. Annie B on November 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Made me smile.

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