The Sphinxes

by  Valentina Cano 

He stands in a triangle of women.
Silent, arms flat at their sides,
Women of mortar veins,
concrete blood.
He hasn’t heard their husked voices
in lifetimes,
but they still wrest answer after answer
from his drying, salty mouth.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014.

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