The Haircut

Judy Katz

And just like that,
with one haircut,
my husband became
his father.I could see his skull
through the thinning salt
and pepper of his hair,
his father’s skull.And the bemused smile
that seemed to replace
his own,
his father’s smile.And it occurred to me
that eventually
I would be married
to his father—a thought
that sent a shock wave
through the whole
thought communitywhich held
its collective breath for a moment,
as a theater audience might,
waiting to seehow the clever
but trapped protagonist
would escape by a hair
this time.

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Judy Katz’s work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Women’s Review of Books, Salamander, Bellevue Literary Review, upstreet and other online and print journals. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and have been included in Best Indie Lit New England, Vol. 1 and The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review.

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