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no comfort for the good stillliving second daughter a virgin until she married in church every sunday a good catholic girl just what felt like a deep one sided maternal wishing for the daughters to exchange places and who could stand to be so muted in a room filled with chatter and fawning so she gave her that cigarette because she asked for it because she was always sneaking them anyway but also because she wanted to shut her mouth felt a little smug almost self-satisfied for a fraction of a second that the mighty had been brought so low but she crossed herself like a good catholic girl wishing away the basic human instinct to survive be cherished and instead walked away leaving her alone in the house forgetting that oxygen flames and sleep are enemies as are often mothers daughters sisters and memory and it didn’t matter that the doctors gave her sister merely weeks more to live or that the authorities found no malice in the action when you are a good daughter what matters

is what you think you owe

whether or not you can enter the gates of heaven unblemished worried that your mother will get there first and bear false witness and that even in heaven they will still

have each other and like the good daughter

you will stand off to the side and there even before the face of god

w

still expect

nothing

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