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Ripe with Promise by Karen Pierce Gonzalez - Twist in Time Literary Magazine
In this old Inverness housewith beveled windows that prism time,I am again at my grandmother’s for the summer.As always, she is not here.But her apron, damp from the wash of morning dishes, hangs near the stove, and her freshly-cut flowers swirl in a bowl of etched glass on the table. Still with dew, their delicate fragranceopens into petals of comfortthat close to embrace me. Liquid, her voice shimmerson the lake of afternoon light that ribbons itself into lace.It embroiders her name on my sleeve:Fortunee.A name I hear when I look at the baskets of fruit on the porch.Unpreserved, they will changewhen this summer no longer sleeps on the stepslike a lazy cat.But for now, they are ripe with promise. *Previously published by Voice of Eve in May 2019 ____________________________________________________________ Karen Pierce Gonzalez’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in several publications including San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Lagom, Visual Verse, Zahir: Unforgettable Tales, Postcard Poems and Prose, and Thimble Literary Magazine. A former journalist and Pushcart Prize nominee, she is also a mixed-media artist who works with tree bark, fibers, and, when she’s lucky, salmon leather.