Visiting Her

for my mother

All of these are bonds: your voice when it snags
………………..on the hope I will stay; the bright spoon

on the side of the plate; the angle of your face;
…..…..your question, your second question;

the lint you lift from my coat
…..…..……….like fog; the offers; the gifts; the clicking

of the stove. You ask what I want.
…..…..I hear you, early in the morning,

dragging the trash cans down the driveway’s ice;
…..…..……….I see you, folding my father’s clothes,

uncreasing excesses, rinsing out
…..…..a cup, writing poems in your head

at the kitchen window. I see you making it all rhyme; turning
…..…..……….to tell me you see

a rabbit nosing through the latest frost,
…..…..through the lace of dead leaves,

but not wanting to wake me
…..…..…..…..(always folding me in, mother, always

the warm hold of more time), always you remind yourself
…..…..to tell me later.

Emily Leithauser

Emily Leithauser

Emily Leithauser’s first book, The Borrowed World, was the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Award. Her poems and translations have appeared in New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, Blackbird, Literary Imagination, and Unsplendid, among other journals. Her scholarship has been published in The Hopkins Review and The Global South. This fall, she will begin a position as an assistant professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana.
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Emily Leithauser’s first book, The Borrowed World, was the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Award. Her poems and translations have appeared in New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, Blackbird, Literary Imagination, and Unsplendid, among other journals. Her scholarship has been published in The Hopkins Review and The Global South. This fall, she will begin a position as an assistant professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana.