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SCARBOROUGH FAIR is currently hosting a Flash Fiction and Poetry Contest open to all University of Toronto Students. The strongest pieces will be selected by a panel of judges and be published by Scarborough Fair.

The contest deadline is October 31st 2015 at 11:59 PM.     

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An Ease

Poetry

An Ease

Kevin Connery

Oubah Osman

My mother dyes her hair on Sundays,

takes the steely grey out of her curls.

All the gleam that framed her so strikingly,

flooded with a youthful blackness,

a fresh shade of ‘carbon’.

 

Aging seems surreal and so 

much more alive than youth.

 

When I turned 15,

every night I’d dream that I was 

picking out my teeth. One by one,

they’d come out with a small, ivory 

                          plop!

and suddenly I’d be toothless

and satisfied,

pure in my fresh shade of pink!

 

I couldn’t believe it.

The joy, the strange way 

that my gums met like old friends,

sighing towards each other,

mirrored flesh beneath flesh.

 

I imagine growing old is like

this. Some strange and new desire

to see the hue clearer, to meet

oneself, to know 

that once all the things,

the useful things, the tools 

of the body are gone,

there is an ease to life, and

a satisfaction.