Fall/Winter 2013

Lynn Carroll Cohen


              (Samuel Beckett to Desmond Egan in a Paris Café)  

Winter unfolds in images:
leggings and childhood igloos;
dogs pulling sleds
through neighborhoods
I dare revisit only in memory
as I travel through parallel pasts --
hers and mine;
the years intertwine
like time
in a Faulkner novel.  

The canines look the same,
and if I look farther,
she is in a house dress,
draped in laziness,
feasting on salami on matzo smeared with butter,
and a filter-less Camel chaser.
Then Dewars – “No water please.”
She read away her days.
Hattie cleaned.
Mrs. Sherry typed.
Dark Shadows played forbiddingly in the background.
Childhood I have long repressed.
Days after months after years it was;
it must have been

Lynn Cohen is the author of “Dreams and Dreamers” (Bluelight Press 2010), “Lonestar Days” (Salem Press 2003) and the forthcoming “Between the Years.” She has presented scholarly papers and poetry readings in Ireland and at Hofstra recently, where she teaches.



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