Meeting Edward Lear in Heaven

She wears a retro dress,
the waist nipped small
now that the tumors
don’t bulge, a skirt that swirls,
and dangling red earrings.

Time’s different there
and just this second
she’s spotted the tall man
excusing himself from Auden
and coming toward her, shy,
his hands outstretched.

Susan Blackwell Ramsay, “Meeting Edward Lear in Heaven,” in A Mind Like This, University of Nebraska Press, 2012, p. 83.

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