Mid-Wednesday Crisis by Kristin Garth

for Lisa Loring 

When the first Wednesday Addams dies, you 

feel middle aged — the littlest one on TV

not the illustrated girl on a New 

Yorker mid-century page but the 

black and white six year old swathed in a gloom

you prematurely understand.  Eighteen 

when Christina Ricci will assume 

the role, unmentionably aged when

Jenna Ortega takes a severed Hand to 

a magical boarding school you live in

your ever braided head; people call you 

Wednesday all your life like the first who is dead.

Your own black coffin awaits but not the dread. 

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