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Genoways, Ted / Anna, washing
(2001)

Anna at the equinox,   p. 21


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Anna at the Equinox
    Mar-22, 1914
She misses him mostly in the morning,
how the bed groaned-as if eased by the heft
of his leaving. Today, without warning,
he appeared as a bloodstain on a shirt cuff,
two hairs curled under the lip of a cup.
It's not him Anna finds herself missing,
but space where he had been: the metered chop
of ax through cordwood-how, while drifting
through space between blows, she eddied toward
the damp hollow on his side of the bed.
Whole nights she lay listening to him snore,
ticking seconds. She kneads sourdough bread,
wrings the wash. To her sister Anna writes:
From now on, days are longer than nights.
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