When Your Daughter Leaves Home

It is okay to weep in the aisles
wiping tears before touching grapes,
sampling wines.
Red or white? Just choose.
Your heart won’t know the difference.
No matter that the woman with the chic
side braid—her child pushing the cart,
training to become a customer—
stares at you as though you’re out of line,
then quickly turns and squeezes lemons.
We all have our seasons.
She can’t know what you know—not yet.
It is okay to weep in the aisles.


Irene Blair Honeycutt has won awards for her poetry and teaching. Her most recent poetry manuscript, Before the Light Changes (Main Street Rag Publishing), was one of two finalists in the 2009 Brockman-Campbell Book Award Contest. Her work has been published by journals that include Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Her love of writing and traveling are often combined. She has studied in the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Iceland. She enjoyed being on the faculty for the 2015 San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference. She lives in Indian Trail, NC, and is working on her fourth poetry book.

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