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Lynley Edmeades is the author of As the Verb Tenses (Otago University Press, 2016). She lives in Dunedin, New Zealand.

On the Death of Her Father

For Stella

I dreamt we were already there.
Some things were right
and some were not.

And somehow Tuesday
was Wednesday
was Monday again.

I slept then woke
and then fell asleep again
and when I slept again

I dreamt we were already there.
Things were right some
and were some not.

My father died yesterday, she said.
Yesterday, some things were and.
Today some are not.

Copyright © 2018 Lynley Edmeades. This poem originally appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Summer 2018. Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2018 Lynley Edmeades. This poem originally appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Summer 2018. Used with permission of the author.

Lynley Edmeades

Lynley Edmeades is the author of As the Verb Tenses (Otago University Press, 2016). She lives in Dunedin, New Zealand.