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the broadening of definition

the arrival was explicitly late
perhaps a thirty minute exercise in deep breathing
before the rigors of dog-paddling through family introductions
their hand shakes heavy and braced for the reflexive tug

and translation found
in the instinctive nod of sanction
written in infinitesimal turn of lip
up or down

he journeys
from hand to hand
finalé of fingertip brushing across palm
subliminal theme reads

“I’m still me”

on the far side of the room
there is rhythm
metered spasm of body and thought
sipping coffee with an eye looking out at the world
over a precarious rim

finding clarity to the meaning of ‘holding one’s breath’

jeanne rené 10.05



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Reviewed by Suzie Palmer
Wonderful Jeanne!! Oh, how we all need to 'broaden definition'!!
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Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
Ah, Jeanne Rene, you've instilled wisdom into this piece, with subtle acrimony. I feel I was there, watching the whole scene of deference and defilement...

A strongly evocative piece of esoteric realism, distilled into reluctant understanding, on a broad-band level of sharing.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Paul Berube

Funny how a simple handshake can win someones approval but there are always those that are skeptical. Very well written.
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