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The stewardess, balancing vodka and lemons, gives a half-smile. Then a big grin, holding a finger to the air. She's turning, changing. Her hands fatten, pinken, and grow small. And I am seeing you, the groom, only minutes into your years: how soft and irretrievable each of your fingers is. The wedding veil shifts and magnifies. We both drew in our breaths and looked away. It echoes in the stillness after words, the narrative welling up in your eyes like a hollowness that follows the hunting dog after he raises his eyes, then voice to the yellow moon.
Page i A Shared Life Page ii Winner of the Edwin Ford Piper Poetry Award Publication of this book was made possible with the generous assistance of Janet Piper Page iii A Shared Life POEMS BY Katherine Soniat University of Iowa Press Iowa City Page iv University of Iowa Press, Iowa City 52242 Copyright © 1993 by Katherine Soniat All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America Design by Richard Hendel No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, without permission in writing from the publisher.
I choose you, my son Page 90 for whom I'm carrying a spectral gift: the grandmother you barely knew. At this elevation, we must appear romantic, night-lights adrift in the clouds, an airlift of star embryos headed toward your wedding watches, dates, lockets, the young bride and dead mother harboring in me. The stakes are kaleidoscopic. The stewardess, balancing vodka and lemons, gives a half-smile. Then a big grin, holding a finger to the air. She's turning, changing. Her hands fatten, pinken, and grow small.