Emery Board

the jagged edges
of my presentation to the world
necessitate regular filings
smoothing the roughness
eradicating offending outliers
that give shape to my form
if only the angle
to get at the detritus

was not so             perplexing

Julie Allyn Johnson, a sawyer's daughter – the eldest of six girls – from the American Midwest, enjoys walking in the woods, any time of year. Her current obsession is tackling the rough and tumble sport of quilting and the accumulation of fabric. Julie's poetry can be found in The Briar Cliff Review, Phantom Kangaroo and other journals.

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