Questions Before Dark

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photo by Jeanne (iPhone 6+)

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My namesake, Jeanne Lohmann, engages me with this poem:

Hide and Seek
Not until he signals he’s ready
will I give death my full attention,
not until the cold fact confronts me
will I acknowledge that it is time
to be serious. So let death
arrange the meeting,

let him set the terms
for our engagement
and keep himself busy elsewhere
on his travels over the earth
until it’s time for him to find me,
say my name in language I remember
from childhood:

Ready or not, here I come!

Jeanne Lohmann
in Home Ground

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