CHRISTMAS 1917
Paula Eisenstein

I go to see
Muriel in
Toronto. She
is attending

St Margaret’s
College. I find
out some things
about myself. I won’t

go back to that
ridiculous school
Ogantz. Reeling
drunk in the street

does not make the
limbs of men grow
back. Neither does
their skin. They remain

amputees. I
am curt with mother
lodged at
the St Regis Hotel.

I’ve been in class
all week getting
nursing credentials.
I am needed.


Paula Eisenstein is author of the novel Flip Turn (Mansfield Press 2012). She grew up in London, Ontario and now lives in Toronto. Some other places her poems have been published are The Puritan, The Rusty Toque and filling Station.