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2003-08-07

Martha Jane Cannary Burke
B 5.1.1852 Princeton, Missouri / D. 8.1.1903 Deadwood, South Dakota
Pneumonia

A phone service “upgrade” strips me of dial tone all day and all night.
I spend every bit of my laundry money calling Verizon from pay phones.
My pap smear results, for which I wait an hour and a half in the doctor’s office, have been lost by the lab.
I undergo another, unexpected pap smear.
On the way home from the doctor’s office I get caught in a rainstorm without my umbrella.
My poor old sandals make unrecognizable noises in the vestibule.
As I head north in order to borrow my sister's cell phone, two different subway trains pull out just exactly as I reach their elevated platforms, on the run.
I devote the next fifteen hours to looking skyward in case of pianos.

Consolation Site: Gayville

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