Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal


Kelly Ann Malone

You found me with my smooth green eyes
and marveled at my lithesome thighs
You then began to analyze
the protocol for my demise

You filtered through my hair of brown,
then left it graying at the crown
You dulled my vibrant, eager thoughts
and left my senses tied in knots.

You placed your wrath within my spine
and caused my stature to decline
You took from me my supple skin
where dewy moisture once had been.

My sight is slowly growing dim
You devastate upon a whim.
The years I've left are very few
No longer crisp or firm or new.

But you can only scathe my flesh
Inside my spirit's young and fresh
Of mortal things you have control
but you cannot decay my soul


Kelly Ann Malone was born and raised in Southern California. Some of her poetic influences are Ogden Nash, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Teasdale, Dickinson, Billy Collins, and Dorothy Parker. Some of her publishing credits include North Carolina University's Presses, Free-Verse Magazine, Poems Niederngasse, Albany University's Offcourse Literary Journal, Temple University's Schuylkill Creative and Critical Review, Duke University's Voices Journal, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Muse Apprentice Guild Literary Magazine, York University's School of Women's Studies Journal, The Permanente Journal of the Arts and Medicine, Ars Medica, A Journal of Medicine, The Arts, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The New Formalist, Humanities-Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto Canada, and The Pittsburgh Quarterly.

© Kelly Ann Malone

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