After the Performance
Anne Whitehouse
for Lauren Flanigan

The stage was a vast seashell 
where music like water left
a taste of salt, a fairyland 
alive with malicious laughter, 
and she its source—
limpid beauty with a demon's tongue,
a mermaid who swam in from the sea.

Silver hair freed, soaked
and plastered to her head,
her shining face scrubbed of make-up, 
in black sweats she goes out 
to walk her dog that patiently
waited all this time.




Anne Whitehouse

is the author of poetry collections: The Surveyor's Hand, Blessings and Curses, Bear in Mind, One Sunday Morning, and The Refrain. Her novel, Fall Love, is available as an ebook from Smashwords, Feedbooks, Amazon Kindle, and iTunes. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, graduated from Harvard College and Columbia University, and lives in New York City.


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