Mollie can u hear me?
Mollie Onrot at 30 journeyed to Antwerp from Poland
to Quebec City from Antwerp to the Ward in Toronto
from Quebec City
with 4 little girls under 8
my grandmother was the eldest 12 days on the frigid
North Atlantic waves crash over side of ship women
separated from men
little girls slip slide ship careens girls scream
cold+wet fanny pearl beckie annie
where is Mollie’s husband? horse trading below Mollie
cancer dead at 39 one more child a son another wife
soon found my grandmother never uttered her name
said the Mayo couldn’t save her mother
Fanny married off at 18
nor could she be saved from cancered brain i’ve never
moved from my birth city how hard can it be? Mollie can u
..and Yes I said Yes I will Yes..
(Molly Bloom Ulysses James Joyce 1922)
Winter 2022 ..for chrissakes get on a plane..