The face she fixed at her bathroom mirror
was the same face we saw. It's public set -
wry against sickness, age, remorse -
sustained her loneliness, absorbed the slap
of soles on the bare wood treads her living room
rang hollow with, coming downstairs each morning.
Neil Wenborn is a full-time writing and publishing consultant, whose works include books on British and American history and a biography of Stravinsky. His poetry has been published widely in Britain and the United States. Firedoors is his first collection.