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Mother's Wishbones, No Doubt

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Mother's Wishbones, No Doubt


All furculae with not a fragment
of dried-up flesh or sinew 

to despoil their luster — the slew 
of them ranging in size from 

Cornish hen to turkey. Funny,
I’d never noticed her extricate

one, strip it clean, secrete it 
somewhere long-forgotten. 

I took possession of those bones,
pried loose some of my own

from birds broiled, barbequed, 
fried; primed each, applied gold 

leaf. Made more of them
than Mother could’ve ever conceived 

— the gilt, over the generations 
of bones brittling whole, striking

beneath the wait of wishes.

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  1. Date: 10/1/2014 10:58:00 AM
    After I looked up furcula this was a real treat. Congrats on the selection. daver

    Sabath Rosenthal Avatar Ruth Sabath Rosenthal
    Date: 10/1/2014 11:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Dave, Thanks for your comments. Glad I was able to increase your already well-stocked lexicon! Isn't the English language fantastic! I love to play with words, and I see with your poems you do. Ruth