Elegy with Two Cadillacs Hilary Sideris Poetry

local_library Elegy with Two Cadillacs

by Hilary Sideris

Published in Issue No. 282 ~ November, 2020

Long after being saved, he died.

He came to take me home from college,


flipped the Coupe de Ville into a ditch,

fractured his nose, one rib—state trooper


ticket, trip to the ER. Unharmed & bored,

I wore my listening look, nodded,


did not elaborate when he asked split-

faced about Jesus in my heart. Doctors


weren’t sure why at the end his legs

ballooned. He couldn’t walk across


the room without a cane, but sped

me in his Escalade past fields


of Indiana corn. Fluid broke the skin.

He claimed to feel no pain.


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Hilary Sideris has recently published poems in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Free State Review, Gravel, The Lake, Main Street Rag, Rhino, Salamander, and Southern Poetry Review. She is the author of Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014), The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016), Un Amore Veloce (Kelsay 2019) and The Silent B (Dos Madres 2019).