Gone missing, not presumed dead

no forwarding address

goodbye note


& later

when I called

the number given by her sister

my aunt

she denied knowing who I was

& threatened

to call the police

should I call again

later I learned

she had been dead five years

before I knew

finding this out one lazy afternoon

with an idle internet trawl

of her name

she died from COPD

thankfully I’d given up smoking

some long time before

but still

useful genetic information to know

in that distance nuanced way

of having a runaway mother


there was no bequest

no will leaving anything

no note


but I have no doubt

of her forwarding address

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