Tami M. Johnson’s poetry has appeared in various print and online publications, including Bare Root Review, Breakwater Review, Third Wednesday and tinywords. She received her B.A. in Foreign Languages/International Business and has enjoyed a 30-year career in the banking industry. She speaks fluent French and pursues many forms of artistic expression as a writer of poetry and creative non-fiction, and as a painter. She resides in Birmingham, AL.


Hands gently cup scented
suds, rosewater oftentimes,
fingers softly slipping one
over the other to lather draw
upward to meet powdered skin,
blushed cheek, the lip-lined
mouth erased in circular

figments of a foregone youth
washed down the drain –
a nightly ritual of coming

tributaries tinctured by medium beige
and Cerise Kiss lay bare a reflection
of hazel eyes once reclined nude
on bridal sheets,

vestiges of innocence imbibing
hope as rivulets of time etch
their way onto her porcelain

Copyright 2014 Tami M. Johnson

title photography by Amber Casperson