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Bringing My Son to the Police Station to be Fingerprinted

My lemon-colored
whisper-weight blouse
with keyhole closure
and sweetheart neckline is tucked
into a pastel silhouette skirt
with side-slit vents
and triplicate pleats
when I realize in the sunlight
through the windshield
that the cool yellow of this blouse clashes
with the buttermilk heather in my skirt
which makes me slightly queasy

the periwinkle in the pattern on the sash
is sufficiently echoed by the twill uppers
of my buckle-snug sandals
while the accents on my purse
pick up the pink
in the button stitches

and then as we pass
through Weapons Check
it's reassuring to note
how the yellows momentarily mesh
and make an overall pleasing

—Shoshauna Shy

from Poetry Northwest, Spring 2001
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Copyright 2001 by Shoshauna Shy.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of Poetry Daily from Poetry Northwest, Spring 2001. Copyright 2000 by Shoshauna Shy. For further permissions information, contact University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195,

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About the Poet

Shoshauna Shy is the author of four poetry collections, including What the Postcard Didn’t Say (Zelda Wilde Publishing, 2007).

Learn more about Shoshauna Shy at Book That Poet.