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Cathie Sandstrom’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Ekphrasis, and Cider Press Review, as well as the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Beyond Baroque Books, 2015). She lives in Sierra Madre, California.
Time to call out
the skirling ghosts, to count like beads
on an abacus, your disappointments.
This day began with my order
Do Not Resuscitate
accepted crisply over the phone.
Now I also move toward elegy,
Next to her embroidered lawn handkerchiefs
my mother's empty gloves lay
paired in the nest of her drawer:
short white Easter ones that stopped at the wrist;
netted crocheted gloves for summer; an ecru pair
four inches past her watchband, the backs detailed
with three rows of stitching raised like fine bones