Life After Death
Life After Death : Embracing the Queer Widow
Embracing the Queer Widow
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Yves Moralex

My Mother kept family photos in boxes.  / 
Your boxes still contained the shoes  / 
Each carefully stuffed with white tissue or wooden blocks  / 
And wrapped in a cloth bag or sock.  / 
I thought of packed glass and wedding gifts  / 
Or rather, leather heirlooms.  / 
Your Father's rough hands yanked at everything  / 
Pulled apart the neat order  / 
Scattered crumpled wrinkled heaps and box tops,  / 
Massaged your big feet to find the money wad  / 
Hidden between toes.  /
You would laugh now over the scene  / 
His greedy paws shoed.  / 
Did he mean to collect on lost time?  / 
"Cole-Haan.  These are expensive...  Too large."  / 
Indeed.  He could never fit into your shoes.  / 
Did he wonder how he produced such a boy so removed?  / 
Glove-leather slippers, snakeskin boots,  / 
Sueded Gucci loafers, polished brown brogues,  / 
Silver-glittered sneakers, high-heels (size 14).  / 
What value was this pair of luxurious sons  / 
(You and your Lover) now both gone?  / 
Helplessly, your Mother looked on  / 
(Like mine towards my Father) and  / 
Let him select what was tossed or kept.  / 
She could've said, "Save the boxes." 

Yves Moralex

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Exhibition Info

Life After Death: Embracing the Queer Widow is produced and curated by Dan Pillers / Fagart Unlimited as part of The National Queer Arts Festival 2001.  The project is funded, in part, by a "Creating Queer Community Grant for Emerging Artists," a collaborative project of the Jon Sims Center, the Harvey Milk Institute and the Queer Cultural Center as part of the Gateway Initiative of The San Francisco Foundation. Please see Credits and Links for more information.    Vol.IV No.3 06/03/2001