Half Smile

Karina Lutz is a workshop leader, poet, teacher, and lifelong activist. She helped secure passage of sustainable energy legislation, thwart a proposed megaport, and restore wetlands in Rhode Island. In 2013, she received honorable mention from Homebound Publications Poetry Prize for her manuscript, Preliminary Visions.

Half Smile

Decades after your banishment
I feel your expression wooden
in my cheek muscle:
the face I feared
in mine.
My jaw


I breathe

and muscles melt


It was a rigid smile, ready to bite:
the clench of power-over,
born of fear.



It does not


but evaporates

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