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Blue of the Blue, a poem by Terry Ofner

Blue of the Blue
by Terry Ofner
Sky between branches
of blooming Nanking cherry—
After thirty-five years,

the youth in my chest
loses custody of the eyes.
The blue

of the blue dress
she wore on the day
we met.

Bio: Terry Ofner grew up in Iowa not far from the Mississippi River. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa, where he attended the undergraduate Iowa Writer's Workshop in poetry. He is currently an editor for an educational publishing company. He has published poems in World Order, 100 Words, Eclectica, and Right Hand Pointing. His poem "Mama Carving" won first place in the Interboard Poetry Community Contest, January 2015 (Ned Balbo, judge). He is drawn to themes of nature and family and is working on his first collection of poems.