Dee Rimbaud © 2005 All Rights Reserved

Duty

What hides inside your grandmotherís hollow
tree? Whatís sewn in the lining
of her coat? What does she keep folded
with her fresh handkerchiefs?
What does she cook for herself? What song
did she sing on the day she was wed? Who shook
at the back of the church? What is the name
of the child no one says? And who lied about
the birth? What did she write at the end
of the book? What knot did she cut from
your hair? Who is the face in the frame
on her desk? Why does she keep a cracked bowl?

 

Kelley White
Copyright © 2005

 

Kelley White has been an inner-city pediatrician for more than twenty years.


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