Isako is lady with split shears under bed in case of emergency. Is lady knot red wool through
thumb bow. Is lady grip ride and shank fist thrust into dark cutting edge first.
Is still. Is viscera.
pressed into body. Is waiting.
Is time. Is breath grated against teeth like heavy object dragged over
chain link. Is jaw wrenched open.
Isako is lady. Is not. Is Toyo is Lois is Nellie is Shigeko is
Is body. Is passed through incinerator in cardboard box. Is witnessed by son who waits until flames are through.
Is lady. Is ash. Is air. Is feet in memory is skin is.