Lois Elaine Heckman grew up in Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Italian from UCLA.
She has lived for many years as an expat in Milan, Italy, becoming a volunteer nurse and first aid instructor
for the Italian Red Cross. Her works appear, or are forthcoming, in several publications,
including Boston Literary Magazine, Shot Glass Journal, Victorian Violet Press, Lucid rhythms,
Tilt-a-Whirl and Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She is the proud winner of the
2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest.
We are twin matchsticks
who fancy themselves as torches.
Imagine the light we can bring forth if we both strike
together against sand, glass and
red phosphorus to
lift our flames