My Eskimo Sister, II

April 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

My eskimo sister
lives in the shadow of the rings.

*
Alice

*
Bernice

*
Celia

*
Danielle

She avoids the open plains
She avoids the unrelenting heat

*
Emily

*
Fanny

*
Georgina

*
Hanna

Subtle orbits she has christened, whose natures are a pattern,
a Celestial Book of Ways

*
Iris

*
Jenny

*
Katherine

*
Louise

Her face is striped with shadows, framed in fur
She says the sun will burn her, consume her

*
Minerva

*
Nelle

*
Olivia

*
Pauline

If I ask her a question
She watches the rings for a sign

*
Quintina

*
Rochelle

*
Stephania

*
Tilly

If I ask her a question
It reminds her that one day
She will have to walk out onto the plain
And unwrap the frosted fur,
Unsheltered by the pantheon of shadows

*
Ursula

*
Viviane

*
Wanda

*
Xaviera

*
Yvonne

*
Zena

This piece was performed in 2000, with two voices: German Santanilla recited the names as an ongoing chant while the main text was read.

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