but at least you’re beautiful | Cara Lorello

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 Cara Lorello is a former journalist and author currently residing in her hometown of Spokane, Washington. Her poetry and nonfiction have featured in several university and online literary journals, among them Noble Gas Quarterly, The Book Smugglers Den, Vending Machine Press, SlushPile, and the Spokane-based poetry anthology, Railtown Almanac (Sage Hill Press). but at least you're beautiful (Dancing Girl Press) is her first poetry book.



I call it the chameleon
of stones
Stare too long, it only
keeps changing.
The tones the eye beholds
are simply what the
daylight is serving,
a bit of everything,
never repeats itself,
a state of being
those born under it
are prone to inherit

One morning in October
I woke in such a state,
eyes blank but for what
the day served in
opaque hospital light,
no crying at first,
then unstoppably,
red stains on sterile things,
my nature to diffract
already at work
in the way I refused
to nurse, avoided
eye contact

If born on time, the
sapphire would be
star of this story