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published in Fall 2006,

· Sitting with Mama
· Maria
· Nine Crossings
· Mama and Her

· Fallopian Chron IV
· Why I Toast, I
· Why I Toast, II
· Why I Toast, III
· Scooter/Dot-Com
· Fallopian Chron II
· Fallopian Chron III
· Strange Bedfellow
· Almost Equal
· A Difficult Day
· Phantom Lover:
    Ode to
    Leslie Cheung

· I Am Salad
· Fallopian Chron I
· Taiwanglish
· Childhood's End
· Psychic Friends
· Life in the
    Time of SARS

· Waiting for
      the Goddess

· Roswell My Eye
· Catisfaction
· My Laramie Project
· Stopping on the
    Street for
    Coltrane: A Real
    Latter Day Saint

· Whither Moocat?
· Happy Palindrome!
· Happy Tiger
· Tourist for a Day
· Geography
    as Destiny

· "Bastards"
· Watching the
    Pentagon Burn

· Communing with

· Milk
· Infinity
· Emailing the Dead
· Broken Water
· Sand Shark
· Grandma Said
· Golden Days
· Americat
· Moe Howard on the
Death of His Brother,

· Flashpoems
· Minyan
· Inside Scoop
· Nativity
· I Ask My Mother
To Sing

· Absence of Colours
· Island Logic
· Peepshow Kleenex
· Allen Ginsberg
Forgives Ezra Pound
on Behalf of the Jews

· Lacing Your Shoes:
Haiku & the Everyday

· Four Haiku
· Smoking Haiku
· Geary & Jones,
Monday, 8:23 a.m.

· The Keeper
· december 13, 2001
· Memento Mori
· Football's Birthday
· The Edward Gorey

· Arrival
· Victim o'

· The Origin of
Teeth and Bones

· Questions for
Martins Ferry,

· This Is Just
To Tell You

· Not-Cat (& whatnot)
· To My Unmet Wife

· Englishhua
· Dave for Pope
· Papa Loves Mambo
· A Culture Report

· The Louisiana
A Special Radio X
Historical Docudrama

· Krawkawkaw Gives
a Little

· Meet Dr. Klaww
· Letters to Dr. Klaww
· Letter from the
Hall of Justice

· An Invitation
to be Keynote

· More

All Things

· Gajandra Meets
    the Scatoman

· Gajandra and
    the Curse of the
    Six Monkeys

· Gajandra and the
    Eating Lesson

· A Moment of

· Gajandra and the
    Great Rumble

· Gajandra and the
    Problem with

· Mohamed Tahdaini
· John Guillory
· Berkeley Pier
· Bruce Dene
· Death of The Bayou
· Taiwan Food Vendors
· John Freeman
· Robin Liu
· Hector
· Dave's Corner
· Zuni Kachinas

· Mainland Murmurs
· Next to Heaven
  · Episode #8

  · Episode #16
· Crosswords Brunch


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Milk-wet chin nose-near to cornflakes,
granola crumblies, Grape-Nuts’ crunch
reverberate through skull/bone/tissue...

Mama's in that round house too, still
amused at how I hold the outsides of my wrists
supporting my hanging face
so palms won't sweat-cake acne,

and Daddy's near the outer range of milk-scent,
as in life, jingling keys.

"I never wanted to leave him," she said
in her hospital bed... "He was the one I wanted;
only, I wanted him

*   *   *

I don't keep milk in this house, but
from this air-con comes the scent of soggy cornflakes,
dilating breathing passageways and the doorway she complained,
via morphine-sogged brain (to her own dead mama) she
just couldn't get through.
So many days of dying,
Daddy having died so quickly,
never even knowing he was going.

"Are you alright?" she asked, in the ambulance,
after the accident. "Mm-hm," his reassuring
last words, from a sloshed cerebrum.
A second more and his arm began its crazy rattling.

She must have felt it all leaving:
his big voice, angry Italian eyes softened by age,
secret lotto tickets, the doling out of a tiny Social Security stipend...

How is it I can know
they live in two different parts
of heaven?

While cancer kept crowding her innermost space,
shrinking her back to little-girl size,
I read the hospice pamphlet, learned "death rattle,"
tell-tale rale her open mouth would flutter
in the small hours before the last 7:19 a.m.,

Not a Sunday after all, as I had thought,
but a Saturday, a morning,
a Saturday morning.

*   *   *

My tallest brother and the coroner carried her
sheeted body down the stairs and into the station wagon/hearse,
which drove off at normal speed, leaving
us, a house unfilled with cartoon sounds,
an unmade breakfast,

— David Saia, May 2, 2005

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