Grandma Knows Life

Grandma Knows Life

Edited by Sarah Roderick

Grandma sing
Gospel
Contralto low
rasp
Mahalia take
my hand high c crescendo
               “her vibrato quickens”—
flip pork-chops
in lard
feet fixed to
white-ish,
brown floor tile 
of home
 

Grandma sang
to church
Etta James