Seventy-Five Bobby Pins

You stood by the table and
removed them
from my hair before
walking with me to our
wedding bed.

They sit by my bedside now,
and I count them,
again and again.

This is a reprint of work originally published in Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

Mandy Alyss Brown is a mother-writer in Central Texas, the 2013 recipient of A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Tillie Olsen Fellowship, and the author of The Sting (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013). Her poetry and fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Bartleby Snopes, 4’33”, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Extract(s), and many more. Mandy currently teaches English at an alternative school for high-risk students and loves it! Read more of her writing at http://mandyalyssbrown.weebly.com.

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