Myrna Stone




To My Parents in the Hereafter

 


1

Does your mother, Estella, come to you,

Father, toting biscuits and sausage gravy?

 

Are you six and ten at once, cast in blue?

Does your mother, Estella, come to you

 

trailing your siblings, that rowdy crew—

or are you twelve, tough, nobody’s baby?

 

Does your mother, Estella, come to you,

Father, toting biscuits and sausage gravy?

 

2

Are you loved there, Mother, as you were

here? Is your diadem floral, or obsidian?

 

Who buys you Snickers, who buys you fur?

Are you loved there, Mother, as you were

 

here? In the cosmic wind is your line a blur

of angel down, or Father’s sodden woolens?

 

Are you loved there, Mother, as you were

here? Is your diadem floral, or obsidian? 

 

3

Where will I find you, or will you find me

abroad in Zion? Will I feel my remaking?

 

Is joy synchronous in the astral sea?

Where will I find you, or will you find me? 

 

Are souls distinguishable, are they free,

or bound each to each in an infinite waking?

 

Where will I find you, or will you find me

abroad in Zion? Will I feel my remaking?




Myrna Stone’s last two books, The Casanova Chronicles in 2011 and In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father in 2014, were both Finalists for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have most recently appeared in River Styx and Nimrod. She is currently at work on her fifth book-length manuscript, Luz Bones.









                                    

 

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