E.’s Portrait – a poem by Judy DeCroce and Antoni Ooto

E.’s Portrait

Easeled for all to admire
(we all knew what it meant)

in that frame she sat looking at a point
neither happy nor sad

who was this woman so still—
she could be anyone

yet E is still here and sits
in her corner overlooking Corbett’s Glen

everything distilled to the same measure—
names, connections,

unconditional care without an answering smile
family could arrange and speak to her but

her eyes hold a final gaze, a change of focus—

as if she needed a place
to reach before nightfall.


Writers, storyteller and educator Judy DeCroce, and poet/artist Antoni Ooto are based in Upstate New York.
Married and sharing a love of poetry, these two creative souls gather inspiration during their morning poetry sessions.  Over a pot of coffee, they listen, critique, and revise their work.
Judy DeCroce, has been  published in PilCrow & Dagger, Red Eft Review, Front Porch Review, Amethyst Review, The BeZine, as well as Palettes & Quills.
Antoni Ooto has been published in The Red Eft Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, Young Ravens Literary Review, Front Porch Review, Amethyst Review, The BeZine and both have been published in many other journals.
They are collaborating on an upcoming book.

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