. . . Each mentor’s mortality came to visit
and refused to leave. Old music teachers,
philosophy profs, a poet-friend,
died of cancer, dementia, flu,
a windmill of maladies that lifted them
into the air, then dropped them
unceremoniously into death.
–excerpt from “Teachers” in A Light Dusting of Breath by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag Press, 2014). First published in America.