In Your Eye
by Joanne Detore-Nakamura

You sit,
eye in your microscope
examining pathogens
hoping to find answers
where questions exist.

I sit,
pen in my hand,
filling in  the space
between the lines
hoping to find meaning
in its absence.

I put your scraping on
my slide, my eye to
the microscope
and magnify twenty years
of missed opportunities
and portentous meetings,
all of which have come to nothing.
Too many variables
to narrow it down
to a single cause.

You will never find
the cure
and neither will I.
Perhaps we are like
the cold virus,
common and annoying,
no serious threat to the
steady progress of our lives.
We plod onward
despite the occasional sniffle,
and are finally
of no consequence.


Joanne Detore-Nakamura, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of
Humanities and Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Her creative essays and poetry
have appeared in
The Journal of the Association for Research on
, Italian-Americana: Cultural and Historical Review,
VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Slow Trains Literary Journal,
The Philosophical Mother Magazine, and in the anthology, Sweet
Lemons: Writing With a Sicilian Accent,
among others.  She is
currently finishing a scholarly book on women
s friendship in literature
under contract with Mellen Publishing.  She and her husband, Eric, live
with their two children, Emily and Luke, in the Daytona Beach area.

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Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary

ISSN 1931-3888

Volume 1, Number 2
(Fall 2006)

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