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Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Lois Elaine Heckman grew up in Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Italian from UCLA. She has lived for many years as an expat in Milan, Italy, becoming a volunteer nurse and first aid instructor for the Italian Red Cross. Her works appear in several publications, including Boston Literary Magazine, The Fib Review, Victorian Violet Press, Lucid rhythms, Status Hat, Tilt-a-Whirl and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She is the proud winner of the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest.

Lois Elaine Heckman

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I am like a prickly pear.
I don't dare
expose my core. I deceive, lie,
leave my
sentiments behind this steeled
spiny shield.
Until I'm lovingly revealed,
my heart, exuberant and lush,
emerging in a rosy blush,
I don't dare leave my spiny shield.