Weekly Write: “Unbending” by Betsy Littrell


Betsy Littrell

Her fingers, long and lean—
a piano player’s.

She finds her hands strumming
dark notes — adagio.

This is who I am.

The notes become wild, ferocious,
without giving her body warning — vivacissimo.

That is who I am.
She smells
blue in the air.

Fingers relax, unbending.


Betsy Littrell is a whimsical soccer mom to four boys, working on her MFA in creative writing at San Diego State University. Her recent or forthcoming publications include Little Patuxent Review, Adanna, San Diego Poetry Annual, The Road Not Taken, Prometheus Dreaming and Literary Mama among others. In addition, she volunteers with Poetic Youth, teaching poetry to underserved elementary students.




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