Colleen M. Farrelly

Family Portrait

Suit pressed,
hair slicked back,
Windsor knotted,
hands hidden
in deep pockets,
he smiles and poses

as she rests
a diamond-studded hand
on his shoulder,
her Oscar de la Renta floral
rustling in autumn’s breeze
as she gathers

their three children--
two boys and a girl--
to their side
before Joey’s romp
through the roses
dirties his pressed suit
or Ava’s headband
finds the koi pond.

“On three,
say cheese!
One, two, three!”

Click. Click. Click.

Like the Pyrrhic Victory
or the Potemkin Village:
the Family Portrait.

Colleen M. Farrelly © 2017