Cups – Megan Cassidy

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Cups

Women are like liquid,
my father said,
taking the shape of
whatever container you
pour them into.

So I moved slowly,
silently slipping
uncertainly
concealed in my father’s
low tumbler,

My meniscus bobbing
close to the top,
trying to teem over,
pulled down through my center
by his tightfisted gravity.

Uncovered,
slithering, slinking, sloshing
suddenly poured
into my husband’s
thin champagne flute.

Once brimming over,
now a few meager drops
in a colossal crystal cage
cut and cooled and cut again,
shaved into shards of ice.

Dumped out once more
into two plastic bottles.
such strange shapes,
my daughters’ cups,
twin oceans of possibilities.

Identical forces of nature,
they roar with intruding cries of
displeasure,
disappointment,
discontent,

They allow no one
to drink them in.
like surging waves of water,
they rush out from the shore,
casting themselves into
whatever shapes they choose
unrestrained,
uncontained,

free.

Megan Cassidy is an author and English professor from Lockport, NY.  Her first novel, Always, Jessie is available at Amazon and other retailers.  Megan’s other work has been featured in Pilcrow & Dagger, Wordhaus, and The Flash Fiction Press.  Check out Megan’s website: http://yamauthor.weebly.com or follow her on Twitter @MeganEileenC.

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