First it was the Catholic Service followed by
lunch followed by
the internment followed by
the placing of the ashes in the second row
far right end followed by
San Xavier Mission and the lighting
and placing of a candle in the second row
far right end. 

The old Indian Begay talked to me about
the man in the maze while he simultaneously offered
information about the medicine man who carried the crystal
I purchased for David,
a looking glass mirror
used to help place the quarter over
the right eye of St. Francis of Xavier followed by
the quarter left in the deerskin manger just before saving
the dingoes from being stoned to death.  

Suzanne Nielsen: a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, teaches writing at Metropolitan State University. Her poetry, fiction and essays appear in literary journals nationally and internationally; some of these include The Comstock Review, The Copperfield Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Foliate Oak, Identity Theory, The Pedestal, Word Riot and 580 Split. Nielsen was recognized by storySouth’s Million Writers Award in 2005 for her notable story, Fists for Hands. So’ham Books released her first collection of poetry titled East of the River, in December 2005, a collection of short fiction titled The Moon Behind the 8-Ball & Other Stories in 2007, and released her third collection of poetry titled I Thought You Should Know, in March 2009. Her fourth book, Cool Dead People, a collection of essays, will be released the end of 2009. Nielsen holds a doctorate in Education from Hamline University.

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