But I Did

By Nolcha Fox

PROMPT—No one noticed ...

Nobody noticed

your impossible

red hair, a flag

waving away

your 70 years,

the last maple leaf

defying the wind.

But I did.


Nobody noticed

the polio limp

you conceal

with bravado

and braces,

a vine disregarding

its trellis.

But I did.


Nobody noticed

that you are my hero.

But I did.

 

Nolcha Fox has always written, starting with poop and crayons on the walls. Her poems were published in WyoPoets News, Duck Head Journal, Ancient Paths, Dark Entries, The Red Lemon Review, Agape Review, Bullshit Literary Magazine, Storyteller’s Refrain, Wilder Literature, Paddler Press, the 2022 WyoPoets chapbook Emergence, Gone Lawn, Levatio’s first issue Serenity, Spirit Fire Review, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Clock Radio, and Discretionary Love. Nolcha's chapbook, My Father's Ghost Hates Cats: Poetry for Stumbling Through Life, is available on Amazon. She writes from Buffalo, Wyoming.