january 20, 2016

my father is in mexico
probably hating his wife
because she deserves it
and thinking about how
his mother’s legs still
worked a week ago

nobody wanted
to tell him

i had to make that
phone call

it’s so very hard to watch
skin turn translucent
over powdery bone

but the doctors are asking my
86 year old grandmother
if she’s ever been shot,
could be pregnant,
has any tattoos

we all feel very young
in the moment

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