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Ann Howells

On Reflection



Autumn-colored eyes sparked with humor.

Small, white teeth grasped his lower lip.


Mirrors never bedeviled him; he ignored them.

Like portraits, he said, by an uninspired artist.


Glare leaches out every hint of individuality.

Brushstrokes seem too broad, perspective flat.


Reflection’s just an inverse map to shave a chin.

His head tilted, shoulders tipped in conversation.


He sought no moon-faint image in a flat glass.

It cannot capture his spirit, no need to drape it.

About Ann Howells

Ann Howells, of Dallas, Texas, edited Illya’s Honey for eighteen years. Her books are: Under a Lone Star (Village Books, 2016) and a D/FW anthology she edited, Cattlemen & Cadillacs (Dallas Poets Community, 2016). Her chapbook, Softly Beating Wings (Blackbead, 2017), was published as winner of the William D. Barney Chapbook Contest. Her latest collection, So Long As We Speak Their Names, poems centered around watermen on the Chesapeake Bay, will be released by Kelsay Press (date uncertain). Recent work has appeared in Chiron Review, I-70 Review, Paddock Review, San Pedro River Review, and The Langdon Review.