Pure Slush

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Effie and Jim

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by Mercedes Webb-Pullman


The nurses dressed Effie in her best

for the pictures, even

a rosebud on a head-band.

(her hair is fine and thin)


Jim wears a suit, with a rosebud

in his lapel. He tries to feed her

some special cake the staff made

but Effie is frightened of him.


She cowers away from the stranger,

clutches her giant pink dinosaur

in their sixty-fifth wedding

anniversary photo.


No sapphire; she lost her diamond

engagement ring long ago. Jim’s

been alone for years. He’s not

ashamed of his tears.


published 21 September 2016