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Poetry by Missy Lambert 

Missy lives in Utah.


© 2006 Missy Lambert






from gray

i was resurrected from gray,
he said firmly,
glancing around the dusty room.
i tried not to look at his mother
--i swear i tried, but i have impetuous eyes-
who was laying sideways on the bed,
all forty-eight pounds of her
sunk into the yellowed mattress,
a fraying sack of bones and ancient hopes.

he saw me glance at her.  he said:
dad promised he would take her to rio de janeiro;
that they would dance samba on the beach,
eat ice cream, be young.
this beside his mother's limpid form,
her full bedpan on the dirt-packed floor.

i thought i saw something flutter,
like a tiny humming beehive
behind her closed eyelids.

anything's possible,
i told them, stubbornly
believing myself.
and in my mind, at such an expression of faith,
she lifted her old bones off the bed
and smiled brilliantly,
suddenly less gaunt.



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