L’esperance

On passing

(the) untroubled younger siblings

playing hopscotch – not only

untroubled, but joyous –

and remembering (being older)

one who had died, one who

their older sister

and brother knew,

and recalling, too,

the once and still

vacant look in their mother’s eyes.

1, 2, 3

This set of three poems was prompted by the untimely death of a young mother. May she rest in peace and may her family know the consolation of a loving (the living) God.

 

1. SHE IS SCHOOLED IN THE HARDER MYSTERIES-

in the grammar of disappointment

and math of endless days.

 

2. WHAT IS SPENT

to prevent

the one final flare-out?

 

3. SUICIDE FLOWERS

Wouldn’t they make you sick,

your mother gone

and these instead,

pert with the pollen of dropsy?