Friday, May 06, 2016

Dana Walrath: Sosi

Day 19, Gerger Mountain


Opening the seams each day
for the food sewn inside by Mama
brings us close to her.
The imagined wrists,
the hem,
the two sides that come together in front,
surrounding me like Mama’s arms.
The seams of the collar like her necklace,
filled with apricot flesh dried
and bitter nuts taken
from inside hard wrinkled pits
together on our roof
last summer.
I let the cracked wheat
from the hem
soften in my mouth
for hours
while we walk
and walk.
I never want to eat that last bite
from Mama.

Excerpt copyright © 2014 by Dana Walrath. Published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, New York

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