shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Jo Barbara Taylor


Edith Minnor

after Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

Lord! I kept my crowning glory all my life.
If a woman have long hair, it is a glory
given her as a covering, decreed from the pulpit.
At my funeral Pastor Karl intoned,
"She was devoted to family and church."
Truth: I was not a woman created
for the glory of a man, not his body
or his blood. I hid in those locks sixty years
from John, our five children.
I shrouded my rage at the scripture
and the Apostolic Christian Church,
to which I willed my hair.
I came to heaven free, shorn.