Martha Silano 


But that's how it is. One minute battling traffic. Next, head 
in an oven, inner kingdom hospital blue--cool and soothing glacier, what a 
baby boy 

comes home in. With a sparkling silver toothbrush, the blanket's unsinged. 
De-ashed. Daisy Marble, Butter Sponge removed. And what 

satisfaction! Such blue brilliance--spent comets, star cinders--loosened 
with Ajax. With force. No wonder she chose this: rising 

crescents, soft braids, perfect white. Left her children (bread and milk). 
The pan too large. Under. Over. Not quite done. Tick and bang of a cold place 

heating. Head where flour, water, salt. Peaks before they fell . . . 

Copyright 1998, Martha Silano  

Martha Silano received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1993. Her first book of poems, What the Truth Tastes Like, won the William & Kingman Page Poetry Book Award (Nightshade Press). She teaches English at Edmonds Community College. "Such a Way to Go" first appeared in Hanging Loose. It also appears in Silano's first book, What the Truth Tastes Like (Nightshade Press, 1999). 

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