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  • Writer's pictureJessica Lee McMillan

Proven Objects

Image by Andrea Kirby on Flickr

At the flea market the blocks of clay we bought instead of the latest toys carved our imaginations to a polish in our hands

In second hand clothes, we discovered proven objects in boxes softening to felt with shiny knick knacks mounting a gleam of second life

We had a mirror shaped by clamorous blade for my vanity drawers with tongue-in-groove joints like fingers interlinked

How the joinery could craft the mind, knit a sensory net when fingers traced the scalloped edge

Memories are a twice-lived mirror cut from a generation that only knows real under the lens of the hands


Jessica Lee McMillan ©

Published in Blank Spaces Magazine, December 2021

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