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