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  • My Grandmother's Plot in the Family Cemetery

    She was my grandfather's second wife. Coming late
    to him, she was the same age his first wife
    had been when he married her. He made
    my grandmother a young widow to no one's surprise,
    and she buried him close beside the one whose sons
    clung to her at the funeral tighter than her own
    children. But little of that story is told
    by this place. The two of them lie beneath one stone,

    Mother and Father in cursive carved at the foot
    of the grave. My grandmother, as though by her own design
    removed, is buried in the corner, outermost plot,
    with no one near, her married name the only sign
    she belongs. And at that, she could be Daughter or pitied
    Sister, one of those who never married.


    Published in Late Wife (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005).

    Published: 26 October 2009
    © 2009 Claudia Emerson and Southern Spaces