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Genoways, Ted / Anna, washing
(2001)

Anna at rest,   pp. 25-[28] ff.


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Anna at Rest
    Oct-15, 1932-The sisters were buried in a common grave...
From her bed Anna can hear shovel blades
upturning the frozen plot. Marie died-
they tell her-just before dawn. She'll be laid
to rest when they sink six feet or decide
to quit trying. Weeks now, Anna's drifted
in quilts. Pneumonia, doc said, glacial-melt
collecting in every gasp. Shirts stiffen
on the drying-rack: men ashamed to call
only for laundry. Outside, their spades take
turns picking soil, iron splitting quick-glow
from granite like sparks from the fire they make
come sundown. On Anna's wall their shadows
move shapeless as aurora-cloud-spirits,
like two ghost-white dresses in her closet.
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