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Erstling

Death is a beige Mercedes sedan.

I am five and riding
In the back,

Eating small white chocolates,
My long, thin body

Along the butter-
Soft red leather seat.

What I want is to become

What I was
Before the accident.

You think
I’m a rumor.

I move from one world
To the next

Living inside a mink
Lined winter,

           God’s child-
           Like voice

           Singing quietly
           Inside me.

Credit


Cynthia Cruz, "Erstling" from How the End Begins. Copyright © 2016 by Cynthia Cruz. Used with permission of Four Way Books, www.fourwaybooks.com.

Author


Cynthia Cruz

Cynthia Cruz is the author of How the End Begins (Four Way Books, 2016) and Wunderkammer (Four Way Books, 2014).

Date Published: 2016-04-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/erstling