… Very little pain, lucid
Almost to the end, correcting
A week before
I remembered this from a friend's letter (she had been attending her ailing mother-in-law):
the death was “expected” and, of course, she was old (91) … Brilliant woman. Coherent right to the end. She corrected [granddaughter] on her grammar the day before!
poetry from No Heaven by Alicia Suskin Ostriker