Going Home

Indo para Casa

Correspondences

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The obstetrician said,
“If you don’t want her
I’ll take her home with me.”
She said this to all her first time Moms
She was first herself:
First Woman Board-Certified Surgeon,
shunned by male colleagues
She only did “female operations”
to keep the peace. When I dropped
my little brother on his head
twelve years later,
she said I must forgive myself
for my mistake.

2007

 

 

 

The cup on the shelf
engraved with hope
my name in silver
Did I disappoint?



194?


1994

My father, age 80, shovels snow
far from Rio de Janeiro.

 

 

Nyack, New York : The Hudson River

2007