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Cynthia Cruz is the author of How the End Begins (Four Way Books, 2016), Wunderkammer (Four Way Books, 2014), The Glimmering Room (Four Way Books, 2012), and Ruin (Alice James Books, 2006). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
I crawl along the wet floor
Of my mother's childhood,
A serpent, or a long-buried secret,
In my mother's bisque
Chiffon gown with small stars
Stitched in silver, a crown
Of tinsel pinned into the dark
Blonde knots and dreads of my hair.
I follow a sequin thread of dead
Things, stop when the moon clocks out,