Crawford’s Pink Wafers, 1995

Andrew Crook


and after the funeral
they ate from trays of
cold deli meat

fanned slices of
pale turkey and
muddled red cuts of beef.

They drank tea
from their mother’s old teacups,
remembered how she took it.

There was music.
The Irish Rovers and
Steve Miller Band

pouring out of her
record player that was never
left idle long enough for dust.

I was there, lost in a wafer cookie,
the remaining adults watching
as I ate the last biscuit
she ever bought for anyone.


Andrew Crook holds a BA in Creative Writing and was recently accepted into the MFA program at Western Washington University. He is a podcast enthusiast and an amateur entomologist.

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