Home Life
by Shane Bartlett


It is awful not to be anywhere at all
____________--C.K. Williams, "A Day for Anne Frank"


1

The wind at the window:
as she sleeps she whispers
"I have resolved."


Day for her
_______is pain
a series of troubled naps
_______waiting.


2

When sunlight separates around me,
when I move down the hallway,
waking and disoriented, startled,
she cries What are you doing?
_______Fearful
of the silhouette,
of the shape that appears
to lead her away.


3

Father doesn't think of it; he gardens;
he replaces old earth with new,
adds nutrients,
and into each small hole, grinning,
drops a seed.






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