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Susan Olivia Williams Coulter at 74. This was shortly before her death, and she had been on 24-oxygen for several years. She word a canula with a 50-foot cord leading to the tank.

Olivia

You painted her without the canula
(white plastic nostril tubes to feed
extra oxygen to her starving lungs,
clinging night and day to her upper lip
like a child's mustache of milk),
but didn't have to paint out of her
alert, curious eyes the glaze
of giving up, because, while she was she,
she never did.

Dean Blehert

Last Updated: October 5, 2002

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