"The Rites for Cousin Vit," Gwendolyn Brooks (1950)
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Carried her unprotesting out the door Kicked back the casket-stand. But it can’t hold her,
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"The Rites for Cousin Vit," Gwendolyn Brooks (1950)

by afireatseaparks

Carried her unprotesting out the door

Kicked back the casket-stand. But it can’t hold her,

That stuff and satin aiming to enfold her,

The lid’s contrition nor the bolts before.

Oh oh. Too much. Too much. Even now, surmise,

She rises in the sunshine. There she goes

Back to the bars she knew and the repose

In love-rooms and the things in people’s eyes.

Too vital and too squeaking. Must emerge.

Even now, she does the snake-hips with a hiss,

Slaps the bad wine across her shantung, talks

Of pregnancy, guitars and bridgework, walks

In parks or alleys, comes haply on the verge

Of happiness, haply hysterics. Is.

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