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VERSES: Victims  

Claire Wienke Class of 2014
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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When Mother divorced you, we were glad. She took it and
took it in silence, all those years and then
kicked you out, suddenly, and her
kids loved it. Then you were fired, and we
grinned inside, the way people grinned when
Nixon's helicopter lifted off the South
Lawn for the last time. We were tickled
to think of your office taken away, 
your secretaries taken away, 
your lunches with three double bourbons
your pencils, your reams of paper. Would they take your
suits back, too, those dark
carcasses hung in your closet, and the black
noses of your shoes with their large pores
She had taught us to take it, to hate you and take it
until we pricked with her for your 
annihilation, Father. Now I
pass the bums in doorways, the white
slugs of their bodies gleaming through slits in their
suits of compressed silt, the stained
flippers of their hands, the underwater
fire of their eyes, ships gone down with the
lanterns lit, and I wonder who took it and 
took it from them in silence until they had
given it all away and had nothing 
left but this. 


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Claire Wienke


Claire Wienke is currently a senior at Hartford Union High School and will be graduating in early June. In high school, she was involved in the National Honor Society her junior and senior year. With the National Honor Society, Claire volunteered at several local events in and around Hartford. During her senior year of high school she focused on her studies as well as her job as a drive-up teller at Glacier Hills Credit Union.  After graduation, she plans on enrolling at UW-Washington County for two years before transferring to another UW school and pursuing a career in Radiology.  


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