Week 44- Heather Ouellette-Cygan

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Heather Ouellette-Cygan, Week 44

Analyzing Distance I


When we’re young how we

Long to be close to the trauma.


The boy who shot himself in

The head becomes the brother

Of the sister you

Made jelly with in Home Ec;


That girl in the coma,

The one who drove her truck

Into the river? Yeah,

She gave me a ride home.



The kid who’d lost

His hair and never

Returned, sends us

Pouring out the front

Steps of the church,

Play doh through the brains

of the Fuzzy Pumper

Barbershop ready for a trim.


Older, now, we like

Our tragedy further away,

A war fought overseas, and

When the bodies come back

Under flags, we

Don’t want photos.


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