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She won’t tell me she loves me
but when I ask, she smiles
and darts away to get our ice cream.
She returns, graceful as a dragonfly
and lights at our table, ice cream
served in perfect seashell spirals.
Perfection—like the curve of seashells
the Fibonacci sequence, the golden section
the beauty of art, of love, the spiral of DNA
that connects us, the nature of us, mother, daughter
love, right there on the table, plain as chocolate
and vanilla—and she gives the best bowl to me.
Sharon Wright Mitchell studied English and comparative literature at the University of Georgia. She is a contributor to the anthology I AM STRENGTH: True Stories of Everyday Superwomen by Blind Faith Books and has work forthcoming in Sad Girl Review. She has been a teacher for twenty years and is active in her local writing community. She lives and creates with her daughter in Athens, GA.
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