Louis Edward Sissman

(1928 - 1976 / Detroit / United States)

Tras Os Montes

I. Mother (1892-1973)

My mother, with a skin of crêpe de Chine,
Predominantly yellow-colored, sheer
Enough to let the venous blue show through
The secondarily bluish carapace,
Coughs, rasps, and rattles in her terminal
Dream, interrupted by lucidities,
When, suctioned out and listening with hard

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