Shavawn Berry

Shavawn Berry

Writer/Poet/Teacher

Writer, teacher, poet, editor, empath, seeker, songbird and, yes, Elton John freak. Seek opportunities to write, blog, rant, confess, interview, research, and illuminate the lives of my subjects.

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North Atlantic Review

Feast of Losses. | North Atlantic Review

How shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses? – Layers, Stanley Kunitz

This morning before it was light, I dreamt of doctors cracking open my father’s chest. Candies and small presents poured out of his chest cavity: bits of ribbon, party favors, birthday hats… As I swam between sleeping and waking, the raw gash there flashed images like those from a yellowing newsreel: letters sent home from the South Pacific, a worn army helmet, a velvet bag of Japanese coins, the souvenir hula dancer swiveling her hips and beckoning all passersby…