Poems from Sword of Glass

Vermeer

Vermeer — When she was getting close  to the end, we cached the hospice morphine  in the fridge behind the ricotta cheese, in case. We moved her bed into the living room,  where she could look out onto the Hollywood hills.  She slept and slept. Waking, she said she’d dreamed she was a delirious little …

Causation

Causation — Acquittal is caused by crime, tooth decay by Cupid. Winter causes diligence which causes nuns, and Popeye is caused by spinach and the ocean. One leaf causes Fall,  which causes New England and sin. Sunset Boulevard causes hitch-hikers and Cadillac Eldorados, which cause men  to reach over, causing night sweats. Insults are cause …

Date

Date — When she arrived, she did not say  too much about her journey  or the mint tea she drank en route. We did not lament the destruction of earth or bring up the vegan position on dandruff. We watched an old movie  with women in hats as big as braising pans.  and when we’d …