Raised her on pancakes,

piñata birthdays, daffodil

recitals, heart-shaped soaps.

Raised her on Grandpa’s lap

and cashmere at Christmas,

sorbet afternoons, Daddy’s

cheerful songs. Not


for a Harley

panting in the driveway,

this handprint bruise branding

her upper arm.




Shoshauna Shy‘s poetry has recently been published courtesy of IthacaLit, Hartskill Review, RHINO, Gulf Stream and Sliver of Stone. She has flash fiction in the public arena or slated to appear thanks to A Quiet Courage, 100 Word Story, Fiction Southeast, Literary Orphans, Sou’wester and Prairie Wolf Press Review.