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Palimpsest: Painting her again

I keep scraping the canvas
And painting him over again
But he keeps slipping away
—Edward Hirsch

Putting her fragments
Together in yet
Another way

Turning her differently-aged
Profiles this direction and that
So as to see new things

In different lights
Even though the outcome
Is always the same

Putting her repeated death
Against once-future events
Casting it into differing perspectives

The cherished daughters
Arriving years after
The fact of loss

Connecting her to a whole
World of living relations
Memories

Shaded with deepening insight
Never-before-seen colors added
To my basic box of crayons

Foreshortening my grief
Triangulating its source
As I scribble wax over oil

Still trying to get
A fix
On sorrow

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Kathleen Dale was born in Kansas, though she has lived on the shore of Lake Michigan for many years. A serious amateur pianist, Dale has always seen an intimate connection between music and poetry.

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