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SWEET MEMORIES

SWEET MEMORIES

My mother’s mother
lost a leg in the sugar wars

We dragged our butts across town to see her
she dragged hers across the house to serve us

You would think that each visit
might have served as a caution

But, as young minds
may twist and stay twisted

I took away instead
and infinite ability to ignore the obvious

and a taste for milk and ginger cookies

LEARNING FROM GRANDPARENTS

LEARNING FROM GRANDPARENTS

From my Swiss grandfather
who dreamed and grew a prairie Eden
combining Europe and High Brazil
I learned the impossible is possible

From my English grandmother
I learned that niceness is very nice
but you can leave feeling empty
except for cookies and milk

From my father’s mother
and my mother’s father
I learned that early death
is a form of theft