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January 19th

Hildur is seven.

She says
when people die
they lie
motionless
in a coffin
–she shows me
how–forever
in heaven.

She says
she’s preparing herself.

She says she
will pick a
very
comfortable position.

© Sigurbjorg Þrastardottir. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2011 by T. Zachary Cotler. All rights reserved.