A thousand brand new toys
stuffed with grief from far away.
In a house of loss, parents hug
one old teddy bear—
the fur loved off its face.
Shirley J. Brewer (
) is a poet, educator, and workshop facilitator. Her poetry has appeared in The Baltimore, MD Review, Comstock Review, Passager, New Verse News, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and other publications. Her poetry chapbook, A Little Breast Music, was published in 2008 by Passager Books. A second book of poems, After Words, is forthcoming in early 2013 from Apprentice House/Loyola University. Cortland