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Diane DeSloover chases grandchildren and writes poetry in Juneau, where she has lived for forty years. She has yet to see a mink jacket on any of the trails around town but is issuing the challenge for anyone wanting to put those old furs to good use.
Writers’ Weir: Dressing for Alaska 110117 AE 1 For the Capital City Weekly Diane DeSloover chases grandchildren and writes poetry in Juneau, where she has lived for forty years. She has yet to see a mink jacket on any of the trails around town but is issuing the challenge for anyone wanting to put those old furs to good use.

"Dressing for Alaska" illustration by James Kelly.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Story last updated at 10/31/2017 - 7:20 pm

Writers’ Weir: Dressing for Alaska

Nanna was a stylish lady

in soft feminine blouses

matching knit pants

chestnut brown wig.

She was thunderstruck

when her granddaughter

moved to Alaska. I tried to explain

coastal temperate rainforest.

She heard only: snowy peaks,

below zero, fierce Taku winds.

Nanna sent me a package

addressed in loopy handwriting

with the enclosed note:

“This is just the thing to wear

for hiking up there in Alaska.”

I removed the heavy bag labelled

Wagner and Carlson, Minneapolis.

Inside, her once elegant mink jacket

evoking Greta Garbo

smelling of bygone days.

Half a lifetime later I exhume

neglected jacket from the attic

slip it over my shoulders, wonder

is it too late to dress myself in mink,

make a statement on Perseverance trail?

Diane DeSloover chases grandchildren and writes poetry in Juneau, where she has lived for forty years. She has yet to see a mink jacket on any of the trails around town but is issuing the challenge for anyone wanting to put those old furs to good use.