The Queen of Sighs

Laura Brinson

Today I captured a sigh
a breath burdened with disses
disinterest disappointment       disapproval

In the mirror I see her face
In the lift of my chin her traits
At my mother’s knee
buffeted by tiny hurts
curled inward by doubt
I learnt the power of that sound
that exhalation

Today I captured a sigh
an expressive hiss
impatience       intolerance

There’s no dictionary definition
for loud breathing
a language I learnt early
from a Queens of Sighs
and in repeating patterns
today I captured a sigh
and gently expelled it