Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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Telephone Operator

Pauline rolled her hair tight and barrette-clasped. 
A part-time telegraph operator,
in Indiana visiting a cousin. She crafted
the yellow eyelet blouse
from her mother’s dress, cutting around the lard stain.

Cousin Alice was prettier, but Edgar asked her.
The peep of Pauline’s slip strap as they Fox Trotted
the first time. He complimented her eyes.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
  Platform
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Floating
Charlie
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
  a Father
Edgar
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back