Una Nichols Hynum
  • Una Nichols Hynum
  • A hesitant knock at the door.
  • I look out, then down.
  • The neighbor’s little boy,
  • I think his name is Christian,
  • Stands staring at his tennis shoes,
  • Faded t-shirt ripped at the neck.
  • He holds a cup tilted
  • At a forlorn angle,
  • I don’t remember
  • What my mother sent me for,
  • he stammers.
  • Standing at the blue door
  • Of a long life,
  • I can’t remember either.
  • What did I come for?
  • What was it I wanted?

Una Nichols Hynum was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work has appeared in
The North American Review, Margie, Writers Digest, Spillway, Calyx, San Diego Poetry Annual, and A Year in Ink. She was a finalist for the Hearst Poetry Prize. She has lived in Austria and Germany and around the U.S. as a military wife. “Borrower” appears in her 2010 collection Cup at a Forlorn Angle and is reprinted by permission. Photo credit: Yohana Hynum.


Susan Luzzaro Dec. 29, 2011 @ 4:19 p.m.

Lovely and evocative. Goes to the heart of the question.


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