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Light Effect: four poems by Cindy Bousquet Harris

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

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Fade to Spring

(Inspired by a painting by Ramón Chirinos.)

Shadows condense

to wide-weave lace,

grey and blooming

in the garden of clouds,

a window curtained

by icicle rain,

outside, tables wait

imagined in winter light.


They Say

They say you’re there

but I can’t see you,

they say

you’re everywhere,

I feel alone,

but I believe you;

I reach out

and you are there.


Voices in Paradise

(A “found” poem, composed of words from “Westways:

The Magazine for Auto Club Members”.)

Lost bones,


for the journey.

What’s rising?

A soul,

voices in paradise,

good news.


Light Effect

Light points to my flaws,

peels my skin; there I am

exposed, forgiven.

Cindy Bousquet Harris

Cindy Bousquet Harris is a poet and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Her poems can be found in Eclectica, Indiana Voice Journal, Blue Heron Review, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, and in several anthologies, including Poemeleon's Over the Moon. Cindy's had the pleasure of giving poetry readings at the Claremont Library, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA. She has facilitated poetry workshops for at-risk youth through Women Wonder Writers, and is one of the editors at Spirit Fire Review. Born and raised in the Midwest, Cindy now lives in southern California with her husband and their children. You can contact her at:

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