Susan Vaught, Age 17
Winner of an Edgar Award and a Carl Brandon Kindred Award, Susan Vaught is a novelist whose most recent book is Things Too Huge To Fix By Saying Sorry. She wrote this poem in high school.
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— Susan Vaught, Age 17
“I’m four. Almost five. My eyes are bright. I don’t realize that in a tiny handful of months, one of the people in this photo will die in a terrible Christmas plane crash—the one closest to me. My dad. My mother, smiling at the camera here, will have to go to the tiny airport in Oxford, MS, and wait for the sheriff to show up and tell her Dad won’t be coming home. Much of her, mind and heart, will never return from that airport. The other family member who died in that crash was my dad’s brother—the dad of the two cousins in the next picture.”