Monday, February 18, 2008


Unknown artist
they say, had the sight
my little great-grandmother
wild hair tamed down
no-nonsense black dress
glaring, daring the artist
to touch her soul.
They say Elizabeth's hair
was black as a new moon night
that she was a quiet woman
married to a carpenter
that she had four, quiet
round-cheeked children
that she died young, and
I wonder if she prayed
her rosary for the sight
or was it to escape those dark angels
begging, always begging, her to look?
- mimi


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