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FRANCES BOYLE

Fashionable



With pinwheel hat, cinched waist,
tip of hip, she's one in a cartload
of misses, all in their finery, up to the city
from Stratford for the day. The brand new
Simpson's store - six stories high, oh my.

My grandmother twirls her parasol
carefree before marriage, five children.
Before High River homestead. The latest
fashions are a shining beacon, a lure.

     My mother, her youngest,
inherits her sense of style. Four decades after
her mother's cart trip, she has a Licence
to Shop. Paid to buy for others, she seeks out
and selects what suits them, her flare
for colour and cut on loan to those
without the time or taste.

FRANCES BOYLE is the author of the poetry books Light-carved Passages (2014) and This White Nest (forthcoming in fall 2019), as well as Tower, a novella (2018). Her poems and short stories have received awards and appeared in literary magazines and anthologies throughout Canada and in the US. Frances lives and writes in Ottawa.


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