SPLIT LILACIAnn Uuinger The finches already avoid it. Limbs dangling, it teeters between elements. What's stiU standing, root-shocked, is only lodged in earth, the ruffled wing of a bird pitched to ground. Air tugs it out of the swarming dark toward a dry singularity. Don't grieve. Revenants need a vanishing. But still the violence ofchange surprises you, though you were well schooled in my sudden blooms, my perfume. The Missouri Review · 139 SPARES/v4tttt Lauinger My mother used to beg the dentist to puU every damn tooth in her head and spare her the grief. Typically, she preferred the grand gesture (annul nature!) and scorned smaU measures (brushing her teeth). She saUed to sleep by way of Candy Land; M&M's, peanut brittle, chocolate kisses, Demerol, and Librium freighted the nightstand. At last, my bionic mother got her wishes: capped teeth and a stomach tube. Her days afloat in the lounger were buoyed by thrillers and soda pop (later diapers, a catheter, air through a hole in the throat). "I don't have to bother eating"; she waved at the glop being piped to her guts. As if she'd cheated fate she flashed me a joyful grin. Her teeth looked
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 2002
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