PEDICURE

Morning in the nail shop,
two Vietnamese women and I
hear a man’s voice drawl

“I want a pedicure, that’s all.”

Men don’t enter here, this world
of polish, lotion – free of fear.
Perhaps we misheard – he repeats it slow

“A pedicure, please, nothing more.”

We avoid each other’s eyes
as he climbs the chair
to perch above the foot bath
a green beret on his unkempt hair.

Is it memory or mercy this veteran seeks or
simply gentle hands on tired feet?

 

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Cynthia M. Sheward

Cynthia Sheward has written poetry since she was a child. She was born in Massachusetts but spent her young life in New Jersey. She applied her English degree from Arcadia University teaching junior-senior high school in Vermont the 70’s. In the 80s, she and her husband built their own house with their own hands in the mountains of North Carolina. In the 90s, she returned to NJ where she worked for a Fortune 500 corporation until her retirement. Her work has been published in Friends Journal, Evening Street, the Bennington Banner, Fiber Arts Magazine, the Mountain Times and various other print media. She currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

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