the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Tag: hands

and had been

She was not ugly or absurd, in herself, only a little dried and hollowed, with straw hair tightly and tastelessly curled, and skin somewhat roughened, as if she had been for a long time facing a harsh wind. There was no blood in her cheeks, and something like dust lay over her face. People who looked at her knew that she was old, and had been old always.

image: here
text: Alice Munro’s first story
(thank you erica lorraine)


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i hold your hand,
first born.

this is how you know
i’ve memorized
the length of your fingers. and when
you’re biting your nails again.

she held my hand, too,
bending my fingers upward
at the knuckles.
Perhaps, she thought,
i would be a dancer
instead of the sparrow
that, one day, would flee
her nest.

image: here

sun-bleached

“Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue – that blue – that will always be there as it is now after all man’s destruction is finished.”

~Georgia O’Keeffe

[Georgia O’Keeffe’s] Hands, 1918,  Alfred Stieglitz.