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MUSINGS #68 - Negative Space appearing in Coal City Review 40:2018

          Negative Space

                        making a photo album of my mother


None of her dancing mother

who abandoned her –

threatened by

her budding beauty.


None of her first love

shot down in the war –

photos burned by a husband

haunted by his fiery ghost. 


None of her first child

older than the age of two –

born blind

and dying of cancer.


None of her as grieving

widow. His absence no

mere gap in chronology –

but a chasm.


None of her, lonely and hurt

by our tug at the strings

she wound

to hold us close.


None of her

these last eighteen years –

no way to capture

the image of a ghost.




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