Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

I gather the family news: An uncle had died. Some time later the headcloth of the king is adorned with another distinctive feature, ram's horns curving downward around his ears. The species having such horns was, according to zoologists, indigenous not to Egypt but to the mountainous regions of Kush (i.e., the Sudan). By accident, his wife, my aunt, was found unconscious on the floor of her Brooklyn apartment. "It looked like a robbery, but the door was locked from the inside; the windows were locked." My aunt had no memory of what had happened.

All night long
an arthritic finger
                stands guard.


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