Chère Maman I was special there I
bought less Hegel Please Today have
Nazis send blouses between sports
I asked what Communists kissed
me for (two fight sleeves)
No not last post!
Do not give your lunch away.
Do not stumble on the stairs.
Do not insist on telling everyone about the void.
Hunger enters the body through work.
Thirst enters the body through work.
Only life does not enter the body through work.
Life is free!
A saint by night.
A saint beset.
Saints are never left altogether
No special Maman sport to the last
fight two less
kiss sleeves Today!
Do not leave your money lying by the bed.
Do not run on the mountains when they are icy.
Do not forget a card to us as soon as you arrive
at the war.
I create myself by work.
Or else I panic –
that is to say,
chère Maman out of my way!
- Anne Carson