Saturday, January 27, 2007

Modern English Tanka
Autumn 2006

visitation . . .
my brother's watch
to let me know
he'll be gone soon

family gathering;
the silence
between my mother
and stepfather
colder than the rain

new law!
nine o'clock curfew . . .
my father drinks
with the lights off

mother and i
share grandma's quilt
to stay warm . . .
the old scars between
us still not stitched