Dear Maria:

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The first place Eye went into

after You were extracted from my body

was the liquor store in Shelburne

in the company of my step sister

who was responsible for your removal —

she & the father of my other precious two

forced You from me

on March 27th 1997

by ultimatum.

Eye have since painted You

and written poems —

Eye wear a golden nugget ring

shaped like a heart

on my right hand

with which Eye transfer

Your Eternal Power

to myself

in an effort

to never grow old