Crab Apple

For your drenched fingers
sweeping my hair,

your tears
of rain and light,

thank you,
my slightly taller sister,

who once held yourself
stiff with anger,

but learned
to unclench the first

muscle, the next,
till all your

pleasure fanned out
fluted, glistening.

Merrill Oliver Douglas studied in the writing program at Sarah Lawrence College, and she earned an MA in English from Binghamton University in 1982. Her most recent publications are in A Narrow Fellow, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Barrow Street and San Pedro River Review. She lives near Binghamton, N.Y., where she runs a freelance writing business.

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