Alec Hershman

After So-and-So

 

A face had been made of masks. Shellac,

shellac. She cried to prevent snow, entered

 

like a toddler learning how to toddle.

Trailing her tar baby, biting her thumb.

 

We say “to hold” a grudge, as if a fist

could weather clean, play ozone layer

 

to an egg. But nothing stays: to forget is to wake

plastered—albumen dripping from an elbow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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