This entry is part 10 of 27 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Autumn 2014


In the Book of the Dead
I write two names this morning

that they might be remembered
even by those who did not

actually know them in life— Looking
over my shoulder, in the church foyer,

my daughter points to the second,
saying Was that her name? I nod

and say it aloud: Cresencia. And she sees
and hears three clear syllables— lunar

body, grandmother shape that slips
briefly into the arms of this moment.


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