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stillborn (1918)

by Annette C. Boehm

  • our house is silent, windows
  • boarded over, breath
  • held, we pried
  • with small hands, as spies, for a
  • crack
  • the neighbors borne from their house
  • limp, delivered like meat
  • half a pig on a man’s shoulder
  • the kid who always picked his nose.
  • the dad was big, took two
  • to carry, one hand trailing
  • we could not permit the world to be in colour
  • two girls in school dresses, hair undone from play
  • i wanted to kiss her for being
  • alive
  • with me
  • in the attic confine

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