Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Afternoon Barbecue

Michael Keshigian


The women share a secret,
chattering
until we enter their circle,
giggling
when they think we can't see.
We ask them for a hint
but they only lower their eyes
and smile delicately
from the corners of their mouths.
It only increases our desire
to know.
Perhaps it was something
they did long ago,
consequences notwithstanding,
the memory possesses
a lingering sweetness.
This might explain their camaraderie,
the way they rest their chins
on the curl of their fists,
stare at each other
with intense intrigue.
Tell us one story
or give us a clue.
Whisper a sentence
or even a word
that might carry
in the warm summer breeze
when you close your eyes
to remember.

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Michael Keshigian is the author of five poetry chapbooks, including Warm Summer Memories, recently published by Maverick Duck Press.  His poetry has appeared in numerous national and international journals as well as many online publications, including Ascent Aspirations, Oyez Review, The Sierra Nevada College Review, Bellowing Ark, and Ibbetson Street Press.  He has been the feature poet in The Aurorean, Pegasus Review, Chantarelle's Notebook and Reader's Choice in the Fairfield Review. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best Of The Net nominee.

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