Fourth Letter to Sylvia

Sarah Busse is a runner-up in the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters 2008 poetry contest and also the co-author with her mother on a children’s book, Banjo Granny. “Fourth Letter to Sylvia” contains the despair and depression present in a bleak life as well as a bleak season. It ends with the hopeful “this winter I’m learning to fold paper stars.” - Fabu 

Fourth Letter to Sylvia

Lemon tea and the stink of vomit and
here you are,

fingering hurts like beads, smooth and
familiar.

I’ve spent two years looking out
through windows,

adoring the press of glass, its watery
distortions.

Now let the dead

settle themselves, listening in their
beds like onions

and I’ll tell a bedtime story.

I’ve set myself to baking bread, arranging fruit,

a bowl of oranges kept filled for guests

and for dessert. Small offerings for a
candled season.

This winter I’m learning to fold paper
stars.

Fabu is Madison's Poet Laureate. Adult poets are invited to submit poems of twenty lines or less to Blkpoetess68@hotmail.com for possible publication in Madison Magazine.

Audio productions provided courtesy of Haggar Audio.

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