I should have followed your eyes as they followed
the hem of my dress and known that this was not
an innocent, academic night. I should have remembered
that there were Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge when
I toasted a Cinco De Mayo colored drink. I should have
stopped myself from leaning into your staccato heartbeat
as you saw the picture of a ghost from my past and
offhandedly said everything I wanted to hear. I should have
listened to the peanut gallery and their well-natured
concerns when you took my wool knees socks off, one at a time.
All the while, you should have remembered
you were old enough to know
that I was young enough to fall
heart first into the slippery charm of a Boston accent.
Shivani Kumar is a Civil Engineering Student in Boston. She spends her free time as Vice President of a campus organization, WILD (Women’s Institute for Leadership and Development), running along the Charles, and organizing community service builds in Boston.
Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer,photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows bothin the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.