Finally I Asked, and: From Her White Knuckles, and: On the Road, and: Paradise on the Niobrara, and: My Father Argued with My Mother, and: Walking the Baby, and: For My Body, and: Alone

Finally I Asked, and: From Her White Knuckles, and: On the Road, and: Paradise on the Niobrara,... Marjorie Saiser Finally I Asked Finally I asked her if I could carry what she carried, part of it, and she gave over a brown paper bag. She leaned against the side of the house and looked at me, steady. Her eyes are what I remember and the incredible weight of the sack. Nobody needs this, I say. We'll leave it here, right at the corner. We'll never miss it, this lead and feathers combo, this cockamamie shield we hold before our breasts. Can I convince myself? Her eyes do not change from watchful. Mine, from her angle, must be the same. From Her White Knuckles From her white knuckles I learned to hold onto fear as if it had value, as if it were a calf at the end of a rope. From her stories I learned that a plain vanilla life must be frosted thick with icing, must be sliced, laid on your best plate and sprayed with fake whipped cream. From her silences I learned that small injuries are rubies to be polished and set into a crown. Once you learn this, you know it for a long time. From him late stepping over the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Finally I Asked, and: From Her White Knuckles, and: On the Road, and: Paradise on the Niobrara, and: My Father Argued with My Mother, and: Walking the Baby, and: For My Body, and: Alone

Prairie Schooner, Volume 81 (2) – Aug 20, 2007

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Marjorie Saiser Finally I Asked Finally I asked her if I could carry what she carried, part of it, and she gave over a brown paper bag. She leaned against the side of the house and looked at me, steady. Her eyes are what I remember and the incredible weight of the sack. Nobody needs this, I say. We'll leave it here, right at the corner. We'll never miss it, this lead and feathers combo, this cockamamie shield we hold before our breasts. Can I convince myself? Her eyes do not change from watchful. Mine, from her angle, must be the same. From Her White Knuckles From her white knuckles I learned to hold onto fear as if it had value, as if it were a calf at the end of a rope. From her stories I learned that a plain vanilla life must be frosted thick with icing, must be sliced, laid on your best plate and sprayed with fake whipped cream. From her silences I learned that small injuries are rubies to be polished and set into a crown. Once you learn this, you know it for a long time. From him late stepping over the

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