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“Gate 7”

…………………………GATE 7

………………………………,,.~for Sam Robinson, 1915-2009

…………………………You rest in silence, your metal casket

…………………………set deep within the plane. You cannot see

…………………………the eight of us waiting here to join you

…………………………nor hear the jewelry salesman who,

…………………………on a whim, has left his nearby shop

…………………………to play guitar for the crowd, fingering

…………………………some silver strings, latching and then

…………………………unlatching old Spanish refrains

…………………………tambien…siempre…tambien…siempre…

…………………………I think of your long life,  linked always to

…………………………the riches of family — you an eldest son

…………………………and then a soldier, also husband, father,

…………………………grandfather. Father-in-law to me.

…………………………The music plays on, your last flight still

…………………………ahead:  tonight all the runways of

…………………………Los Angeles shine for you and sing

…………………………tambien…siempre…tambien…siempre…

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…………………………by Therese L. Broderick

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“How It Is Said”

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……..HOW IT IS SAID stand

………....we stand at the top of
…………………………….the stairs
….I can’t believe he’s gone
you’re still in shock
………………………voices soft
then slow…….
……………..not sick a day in his life
……………….we never know
……….each word
…………...eac& refrain
muting ..thethin
…….the       ………high….frequencies
of weekend
platitudes……chores
…………meals
…………….. errands
………answering now in tones as low
as deep vows of
.. ..years ago
ago………..I do, I promise
……………….even in sickness to listen
to you
……….how after circling &
..circling almost
………………..out of range
……we find…………………we
find our vocation
back
……….on the ground, touching
………          ……..dust
…..,,I’m here…....…….the sliding light
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by Therese L. Broderick
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“Moratorium”

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MORATORIUM
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I wait in a dream in a room in a dorm, Mulledy, missing all its other ladies, missing my
…..roommate, my blue comb on the mirror’s ledge, a window over the mill town of Worcester,
…..no view now but the silence of the shower next door, vacant well, & the dry plain of bare
…..square tiles, me with a new degree in the Bishop’s way, yet what lady’s trade is left (laundry,
…..kitchen, office, bedroom), what reference next what next application, all tomorrows an un-
…..matriculated wanting, and he missing my graduations, a daughter’s black tassles, anno
…..millesimo nongentesimo octogesimo primo, one art, only loss, a father gone
Only, the idle of it all.
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by Therese L. Broderick
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“Morning News (1915)”

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.……………………..MORNING NEWS (1915)
………………………………….~ after the painting by Helen Turner
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…………………………Over her bare shoulder, no headlines
…………………………can be seen, bad news printed as finely
…………………………as good news, center pages no wider
…………………………than her linen tablecloth, than the side
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…………………………of their square table left vacant after he
…………………………stood up, took one last sip of coffee,
…………………………blew back a farewell kiss, reached
…………………………with his free hand for a brief case.
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…………………………But now that he’s gone for the day,
…………………………which kind of story does she favor?
…………………………She’s still in white, her red robe draped
…………………………over a chair, one slipper off, a nearby vase
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…………………………revealing a few fresh scarlet roses.
…………………………Is it war or love, that color, her posing?
…………………………Whatever the drama, she already knows
…………………………its ending:  the wedding of close neighbors —
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…………………………new love not yet tested — or old betrayals
…………………………at the bank, or a faraway war, evil and
…………………………heroes in black & white photos, and on all
…………………………home fronts, one loyalty without equal.
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…………………………by Therese L. Broderick
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