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护士--桃乐安.劳克斯

已有 124 次阅读2017-5-14 15:03 |个人分类:2016|系统分类:诗歌| 意大利, 连衣裙, 葡萄酒, 救护车, 玻璃杯

我妈妈每天穿着一件浆过的白衣服
去上班,她脚上减震的鞋子
像灰白的蘑菇,两颗蓝色的心形
印在海绵橡胶底上。
当她回家时,她的尼龙长袜有波纹,
稀稀落落的血迹溅到她的连衣裙上半身上,
她就坐在晚餐桌的一端
让我们这些孩子奉上意大利细面条,
撒上帕尔马干酪,切涂上黄油的面包
我们把黑葡萄酒倒进
她的钟形玻璃杯里,她就解开她的
暗红色头发,摇着脑袋,开始。
多年下来,我们都熟练了这一套,
我们盘绕意大利面条时,如何就听见了
肠梗阻的故事,我们嚼得酵母面包上的
酥皮嘎吱嘎吱响的时候,切碎我们的花椰菜梗时
就听见锯齿形头盖骨,
钻头在骨头里钻洞的声音这种事。
我们学会平衡的重要性,
一台手术如何依靠合作和混合技能,
在要求之前,递盐的艺术。
她把我们教得很好,所以当玛丽.艾伦
熨斗烙到手臂时,没有人浪费一丁点儿时间:
我哥哥直奔目标(发球区)
我的小妹妹打开药膏的盖子。
我拨打了救护车控制下的号码,
我的胃变成了烧焦的皮肤的味道,
已经计划着傍晚的晚餐,生鱼
在包装纸里解着冻,
一块上好的楔形肉。
My mother went to work each day
in a starched white dress, shoes
damped to her feet like pale
mushrooms, two blue hearts pressed
into the sponge rubber soles.
When she came back home, her nylons
streaked with runs, a spatter
of blood across her bodice,
she sat at one end of the dinner table
and let us kids serve the spaghetti, sprinkle
the parmesan, cut the buttered loaf.
We poured black wine into the bell
of her glass as she unfastened
her burgundy hair, shook her head, and began.
And over the years we mastered it, how to listen
to stories of blocked intestines
while we twirled the pasta, of saws
teething cranium, drills boring holes in bone
as we crunched the crust of our sourdough,
carved the stems off our cauliflower.
We learned the importance of balance,
how an operation depends on
cooperation and a blend of skills,
the art of passing the salt
before it is asked for.
She taught us well, so that when Mary Ellen
ran the iron over her arm, no one wasted
a moment: My brother headed straight for the tee
Our little sister uncapped the salve.
And I dialed the number under Ambulance,
my stomach turning to the smell
of singed skin, already planning the evening
meal, the raw fish thawing in its wrapper,
a perfect wedge of flesh.
“Nurse” by Dorianne Laux from Awake. © BOA Editions, Ltd. 1990

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