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katarina boudreaux

Awakening the Ground

We sweep the graves,
brooms made of 
what once lived,
for the ancestors.

Mama puts a coin 
on two generations 
ago for good luck.

I dump the water
bucket across three
to see the lettering.

Here lies our truth,
Mama says and 
traces the words
with her shoe tip.

In her fingers 
she holds a small
brush like a hummingbird,
beak in flower.

Bending, she sweeps
the tiny crevices.  Her
hair is lean on top.

I remember when 
it was a black boa
wrapping her shoulders.

Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher -- a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after residing in Texas, Connecticut, and New York. She has been published in The Bacon Review, PANK, SNReview, Blueline, New Jersey Underground, and Calliope. New work is forthcoming in Corvus and YAY!LA.​​