• After Communion, late mass at St. Rose

    R. A. Villanueva

    Summer 2022

    and my parents are laughing about their
    graves again. Dad passes his offering
    envelope down, points to paired drawings in
    felt-tip pen. The first maps trees, paths and where

    to find Mom, swooping cursive taking care
    to note Here I am. Another: Route 10,
    landmarks, lights and turn-by-turn directions
    for birthday visits. In the car later

    they knock at the windshield. We drive beside
    the front gates and I refuse to look through
    or touch a pamphlet which lists all you might

    R. A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria (U. Nebraska Press). He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.

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