Sunday Morning Newspaper

Coffee spills on the business
section, edges toward the blue
velvet box on the countertop
as I read about Gray Divorce
and financial distress.

The box cushions a diamond
bracelet worn once – worth ten times
what the pawn shop will pay.

I pour more coffee
and turn the page.

Nancy Jo Allen was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and now lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband, Terry and their pup, Jayden. Her photos, fiction, and poetry are published in various journals included among them are Dime Show Review, Third Wednesday, Firewords, Common Ground, and, in the fall of 2020, I-70 Review.

See more of her work in 8.4 and 4.2, and the latter poem is also included in The Pocket Poems Anthology

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