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To Kitty, Who Loved the Sea and Somerset Maugham

Hélène Cardona

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
It’s always our self we find in the sea 
                  ―E.E. Cummings

The angel who smells of my childhood 
My mother, piano and oboe
Whose face the icon reflects 
Auburn hair like a Modigliani 
Eyes the color of rain
Light caught by surprise
Whose presence the absence reveals 
Whose laughter burns snow
Whose warm breath I breathed 
This morning as I woke
The scent of gardenias whispering
I never left you

Copyright © Hélène Cardona

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