Susan J. Erickson – Marilyn Monroe Imagines Her Life as Menu Items at Schrafft’s
I was an abandoned passenger, my father
a train departed before I was born. My mother’s
mind softened like aspic unmolded on a warm plate.
She took to wearing a nurse’s white uniform
We’re thirteen, almost fourteen,
And so much in love
We want the years to pass—
Clouds roll at super speed, rains fall,
Josephine Yu – My Mother Demanded Gratitude
Bone-ache signaled growth,
height a sure thing.
Hiccups? The lungs’ desire
to fulfill their contract with the body.