In literal French: a sorceress, a witch, also
slang for any older, unmarried woman. In French custom, a sorcière
is also the name for a simple band worn as a safeguard above a wedding
a thin slice of dun moon, its pressed lips
un-made-up against the stars' hoyden brass.
a tin wrinkle marring the stone's set face,
a pucker of grey band capping the light's fall.
flash status against the spinster's slow fade, last aunt,
the mystery within the sealed attic's rat-a-tat-tat.
two cards pulled side by side from the arcana,
the diamond's naive reach, the queen's argentine pall.
BIO: Elline Lipkin recently received her Ph.D. in Poetry
from the University of Houston. She has poems forthcoming in The
Texas Review and Crab Orchard Review. Email: