My Father's Letter
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My Father's Letter
Hope Maxwell Snyder
We find it in the post office box downtown. In a short skirt, refusing to bend, 
           my mother hands me the key. 
On my knees, I study the light blue envelope bordered in red-and-blue stripes, 
           stamped with American words, messy handwriting. 
At the gold museum across the street, people stand in line. 
           For twenty pesos they walk into a dark room 
and wait for light to shine on masks, decanters, 24-karat bracelets1, rafts 
           retelling the story of El Dorado, 
gold forgotten in forgotten trunks meant for Malaga. In front of the museum, 
           leaves shivering on trees announce impending2 storms. 
Food vendors3 sell hot dogs and empanadas. My mother tears the envelope. 
           His letter, as brief as a butterfly's hours, 
scribbled4 with words I don't understand. The sheet of onionskin trembles 
           in my mother's hands. She reads in silence, in a hurry 
before taking lipstick5 from her purse, a mirror, and painting 
           her lips red. Then, she tears the letter up. 
In silence, without stopping to catch our breath, 
           we wait for the bus.


1 bracelets 58df124ddcdc646ef29c1c5054d8043d     
n.手镯,臂镯( bracelet的名词复数 )
  • The lamplight struck a gleam from her bracelets. 她的手镯在灯光的照射下闪闪发亮。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • On display are earrings, necklaces and bracelets made from jade, amber and amethyst. 展出的有用玉石、琥珀和紫水晶做的耳环、项链和手镯。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 impending 3qHzdb     
a.imminent, about to come or happen
  • Against a background of impending famine, heavy fighting took place. 即将发生饥荒之时,严重的战乱爆发了。
  • The king convoke parliament to cope with the impending danger. 国王召开国会以应付迫近眉睫的危险。
3 vendors 2bc28e228525b75e14c07dbc14850c34     
n.摊贩( vendor的名词复数 );小贩;(房屋等的)卖主;卖方
  • The vendors were gazundered at the last minute. 卖主在最后一刻被要求降低房价。
  • At the same time, interface standards also benefIt'software vendors. 同时,界面标准也有利于软件开发商。 来自About Face 3交互设计精髓
4 scribbled de374a2e21876e209006cd3e9a90c01b     
v.潦草的书写( scribble的过去式和过去分词 );乱画;草草地写;匆匆记下
  • She scribbled his phone number on a scrap of paper. 她把他的电话号码匆匆写在一张小纸片上。
  • He scribbled a note to his sister before leaving. 临行前,他给妹妹草草写了一封短信。
5 lipstick o0zxg     
  • Taking out her lipstick,she began to paint her lips.她拿出口红,开始往嘴唇上抹。
  • Lipstick and hair conditioner are cosmetics.口红和护发素都是化妆品。
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