And Now?

Posted on 13 February 2010

About the nefarious Abbess
          Pateras, what day did she die
and where is she dead?
          Did she sneak to sleep
in the glass twin
          crypt she placed next to her
mummified daughter’s on Onousses Isle?

          And in Athens, where’s Cleo, who ran the pension
and harvested succulent nuggets of gossip to provide
          undercover evidence? Tell about the three,
scattered, brave escaped girls, now old
          now where?

And Hermeonie, master of keys and high drama
          whose heart was flawed and Yergos, her husband,
the brainy criminal lawyer who lost? How’s their weekend
          black beach villa? Their two offspring?

Where’s Joy your old alter-ego advisor? Where
          did the invisible stranger named Jody pop into
your heartbreak wagging a ring-finger, weeping?
          Will we ever finish arguing over which of the worst
was the worst worst?

          Where
O where,
          in God’s name is Karina? And where
do I fit into all this forty years from then?

I had meant to ask where are the people who,
          after reading our story, ask
about us?
          Do they say “what ever happened?”
                              –And do we chance the answer?


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