Deaf Alphabet
Susan Biegler

Unusually rainy May,
Your mother wary,
We slipped.

Braver than I
You began
Touching my forearm
Lifting us somewhere
Ancient and crisp.

Later, cupping my hands,
You taught me signs,
Quiet language,
Tracing ā€œoā€ then ā€œvā€.

Thank-you is done
Moving the fingertips
Away from the mouth
To a palm-up position.

My still hands
Never forget
The most simple terms:
Breath, apple, equal.

Susan Biegler

Weight at birth: 10 Pounds, 2 ounces
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Chinese calendar: Tiger
Siblings: Three older brothers
Education: Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, Skip Barber Racing School
Vocal classification: Tenor
Body piercings: None
Guitars: Martin D-41, Fender Thinline Telecaster
Vehicles: Ford F-150, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Favorite graded stakes race: The Kentucky Derby
Preferred spirit: Scotch
Never forgets: Birthdays
Favorite borough of NYC: Brooklyn
Next published poem appears in: Mudfish 18
Secretly wishes: She were left-handed
Last meal request: Pizza
Instagram handle: derbywinner
Can be found: Near the Ocean

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