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Thursday, May 31, 2012 07:56 am

diarypoem # 1: a blink

diarypoem # 1: a blink

my mother burned years of diaries
before her first child was born she
told me later that if anything had
happened to her she didn’t want
aunt ida or aunt lillian prying into
her most intimate thoughts what a
treasure we have missed my mother’s
prose would have been jeweled with
poetry her thoughts however personal
would have been so precious to share
she kept one diary later that I know of
only five or six pages in the middle of
an old unused diary she must have
picked up then mislaid but for those
few days I glimpsed my small sibs and
me picnicking on the lawn a trip to the
dressmaker’s a problem with curtain
cleaning a tender word about my father
then silence once when I was in the
back pasture on my horse the night dark
a passenger train whipped by on the
tracks several cars brightly lit lives
going on inside then abruptly darkness
silence before and after it was like that

2012 Jacqueline Jackson
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