This is what our wandering life has come to.Our dead stay where they’re put, in different states.We buried her beside the Texan, whoalso loved her. Then we closed the gates.None of us will join her. There’s the spotthey dug for hours to slide my brother in.He lies beside my father in her plot—or what was hers once—beneath Nebraska sun.In Philadelphia, now, I will not raveor overstate my grief. I won’t fly with flowersto grace their level markers. I’m not brave.Our family’s scattered. Will be. Nothing’s surer.Who is she, elbow cocked against the sun,waving to me this morning on the lawn?
Jeanne Murray Walker teaches at the University of Delaware. Her most recent book is Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems.
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