by Eva-Maria Sher
Dirty Anna we called her and
talked about her behind her
misshapen back.

Her mouse-brown sweater was
mended in several places
wearing thin at the elbows.

I went to her house—a one-room basement apartment
—with slender hands she played Rachmaninoff
offered me tea.

Eva-Maria Sher was born in Germany at the end of World War II.
After emigrating to the United States at seventeen, she studied
literature and expressive arts, taught, married, and raised a family.
Once the children left for college, she picked up where she had left
off years earlier, writing in the language of her adopted country.
She lives in Medina, Washington with her husband Ron.