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Callaloo 25.3 (2002) 742



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Old Ways
for Ms. Anna

Kyle G. Dargan


Saturday
night, sober. Matriarch
dead passed Easter
Sunday. The message,
lost,
finds me tonight. Grief retroactive
pounces.
I grab a lock
to fend it off—pull a curl taut.
Close eyes, close scissors/
slicing to make amends,
        to make
    a mend.
Amputated hair
recoils,
rigormortis—closing,
an envelope blown
into the wind, no return
addressed.
My cousin's fiancé
by way of Lesotho,
taught me
this ritual: death, shed
hair
not water.
        It was the sea
that brought us our pain
in the first place.


 

Kyle G. Dargan will begin the MFA program at Indiana University this fall as the 2002 recipient of the Cummings Fellowship. He is the founder/editor of HOTEP, an arts and culture magazine at the University of Virginia. He lives in East Orange, New Jersey.

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ISSN
1080-6512
Print ISSN
0161-2492
Pages
p. 742
Launched on MUSE
2002-08-01
Open Access
No
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