If you practice, you just might make it as big as Mrs. Delilah's hair once she no longer has to get her son to the bus stop but can fill the extra hour in an empty house teasing herself into oblivion.
Take a comb. Fold a piece of waxed paper over it. Blow.
When Mrs. Delilah stands in front of the pull-down Map of the World she is nothing you could moor a boat to. Nobody cries Rapunzel! from the small island of light her bedroom window casts upon the grass.
Listen. It's not true that the hair of the dead continues to grow.
No one can tell what Mrs. Delilah is thinking as she shuffles our papers, but "Grass is the beautiful uncut hair of graves" is what she says.
Make sure you hum into the teeth of the comb. The song is your voice standing in the doorway with muddy shoes and a suitcase of strange souvenirs.
Katharine Rauk is the author of Basil, a chapbook published by Black Lawrence Press in 2011. She has poems published in Harvard Review, Georgetown Review, Cream City Review, and elsewhere, and she is an assistant editor of Rowboat: Poetry in Translation. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at North Hennepin Community College and The Loft Literary Center.
Illustration by Alex Fukui.