Mother (Ghost)

The Iowa Review - - CONTENTS - Mon­treux Rotholtz

our moth­ers have mouths like det­o­na­tors have their mouths open tan and del­i­cate

shoul­ders backed by moun­tains and with copper sun a woman is just an­other way

our moth­ers are trans­par­ent freck­led with dust have vis­i­tors are vis­it­ing us

a woman is just an­other way of be­ing present our moth­ers have red nails braids sea­sons

an ex­plo­sion is a mea­sure­ment and a woman is just an­other way dam­age from here to there with chipped teeth our moth­ers walk like sugar cane creased with wind and young

lean­ing over the edge how silk­ily the wind func­tions to tell time

lean­ing over the canyon its bright creases its pro­pel­lant hur­tle

to an end are a visi­ta­tion are a pat­tern

of how far out death goes of mak­ing light bent fields over death’s skin

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