Sharon Anderson Lewis

Your Favorite Color

for Audrey

1.

Confectioner Springer’s
frosty drum of pistachio delight

2.

September, gingham-bejeweled,
we did the stride, strolled, skipped with
Dorothy to Emerald City

3.

Identical Rothchild’s celery cotton cardigans

4.

Sweltering summer days
we duo dove just beneath the crests of furrowed beryl
again and again and again

5.

Uncle Hunter
ever in tennis whites
died too young
left us aggrieved disoriented
on fern hard-surface courts

6.

comfort, security, humility
from Dad’s extra work
cutting avocado lawns

7.

forbidden fruit: chartreuse watermelon

8.

our cousin betrayed us
still, we covet her laughter
her wardrobe
sage, kalamata, khaki.

9.

didn’t know a thing about the Irish
enunciated “sell tick”
shouldered our elementary school’s clover and shamrock
until Tim’s seminar on Joyce
whispered Sinn Fein

10.

gifts of jade bangles:
Ka’Neda and Sally brought theirs from China
Minda from Chinatown

11.

a viridian bay isn’t necessarily a polluted bay

12.

enduring image of Iceland:
fields of scorched moss

13.

as modest
as Vaseline    


Sharon Anderson Lewis recently retired from Montclair State University’s English Department where she taught African-American Women Writers, Women Prose Writers and Pursuits of English. She has traveled extensively. Born and raised in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, educated at Rutgers, the State University, Sharon currently lives in Maryland with her spouse, Brian, and their cat, Grover.


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