Sunday, November 27, 2016

Poem from the Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Poetry Series by Chris Rice Cooper . . .

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Jackie’s Weeds
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy

Mother between her fatherless children,
on the steps of the White House North Portico,

they walk
to the place where he lay
as Lincoln had lain.

We’re going to say good-bye
to Daddy.  She is so close
to the closed coffin covered
by the United States flag.

Dressed in black,
her pale face a shadow
behind sheer black lace.

She kneels and kisses the flag
covering the coffin.
Then Caroline kisses the flag.
And John does
as his big sister does.
Orphaned children dressed in blue.

She lifts the veil to Cardinal Cushing,
draws a cross upon her chest.
When will this agony end?
Accepts the flesh, the blood.

Caroline grasps her hand,
I’ll take care of you, Mummy.
And John salutes his father.

Despite the Eternal Flame
her face is a shadow
beneath the black clouds,
the cold pouring rain,
God’s angry thunder,
Satan’s wind

blowing them to St. Matthew’s,
and John’s question
Where’s my Daddy?

Finally, in Arlington,
embracing the flag that covered him,
the end of the service . . .
was like the fall of a curtain,
or the snapping of strings . . .

Jackie’s widow weeds
the only thing


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