A Narcissist’s Repine


By Colleen Doty

I sent her an apology
of sorts
a note, attached to email
scrabbled from my heart, while on the plane
to my holiday home on the Solomon Islands.
I saved the note, as I do,
with all emails where people have wronged me,
filed alphabetically by last name.
I considered the wording as I cycled the boardwalk,
(I don’t like the word “dike”),
I need to clear the air, extend
an olive branch
to resolve this five-year conflict.
How can she not want to talk?
Idealist, environmentalist, with her
perceived women’s rights issues –
We’re family
after all.

Colleen lives with her husband and two kids on Galiano Island in the Salish Sea. When not writing stories she works as an historical researcher and grows open-pollinated seeds for seed banks.

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