Friday, February 24, 2017


 When she was 4, her father decided
It was time for her to meet her mother.
They took a trolley to the cemetery. For a while
My mother pictured hers as a polished stone
With my mother's name, Lillian, written on it. At 15,
My mother went back on her own having decided
To let the first Lillian have the name to herself.
It took less than a minute to say. The explanation
Took just over two. It seemed impolite to just leave
So my mother -- now Patricia -- gave a detailed synopsis
Of Random Harvest, in which Ronald Colman,
  An amnesiac veteran, is in love with Greer Garson.

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