emotional pantomime…

emotional pantomime

a wake
not the time
for
a family reunion
so
there will be
no
final goodbyes
what
we are
and
were
will remain
rusted
in ignorance
of
each other
choices
you
made
now
nothing
can free
the hands
of
time

grandmother’s fourth of july…

grandmother's fourth of july

old photos
on an oak chest
a family reunion
like every 4th of july
when grandmother
expected all her children
to join together
at walnut creek
to celebrate
family
and
survival
a picnic lunch
prepared by her
fourteen children
uncles
and
aunts
all assigned
to bring
enough food
for a small army
of
husbands
wives
and
grandchildren
a scouting party
was always
sent out in advance
to claim
the best shady spot
since
other clans
met there that day
with
each race
in separate areas
of the park
there
were
of course
explosions
emotional
as well as
fireworks
before the day
was done
some relatives swearing
never to return
but
always arriving
the next year
but when
grandmother died
so too
did the drive
for reunions
and soon
just as these old photos
will be placed in a box
for a yard sale
or
just tossed away
the reunions
were forgotten