Friday Afternoons

Mother laughed often
when her hairdresser
stood behind her
at our kitchen table
arranging her hair,
and spraying it
while smoking –
flicking ashes into a shot glass
between her voluptuous breasts –
talking at a speed
difficult to understand,
which was probably best.
Mother said she was colorful;
I called her educational.

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 first poetry collection, Wrinkles in Time and in Love, is now available through Kelsay Books and Amazon.

You can see more of her work in 9.4 and 8.4 and 8.4 and 4.2 and The Pocket Poems Anthology

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