Mother carries the newborn close
asks her fair straw haired girl;
“Do you want to decorate a cookie?”
Her jimmies bleed all over white frosting,
almost matching her striped zig-zag stockings.
Another adult lady asks;
“Do you have a new baby sister or brother?
How do you like your new brother?”
Remote and quietly she says,
Mother, child and girl slowly move through
quietly examining each gingerbread house
begin stating preferences
recognize familiar family names
oh and ah over those houses.
Again and again
she returns to her two ginger finalists
her choice settled she marks her vote
for the cabin with a bear and a witch in the front yard
and evergreen cookie trees in back.
Can we read books? Hyunji
checked another Mr. Putter and Tabby book,
South Madison branch.
Fourteen other titles,
Putter, his fine cat Tabby
Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog Zeke.
Yes Hyunji, we can always read books,
you and I will always read books,
But, we’ll never read them all.
July 19, 2006
July 24, 2006
Yahtzee plays to the
distraction of near ninety
Walking a parallel path West to the zoo
later turning East arriving at the porch
before Doug’s pizza presented on square of blanket,
before Jung Ja and Hyunji take the long long airplane
back to Seoul, and back.
July 25, 2006
before we arrived
May shower, rushed
food and guests inside
first cousin’s friends
crowd cozy living room
and stay dry
guest book is numbers
tall green eight, white aught
we sign on the white
two second cousins
I hadn’t seen for some time
view my family video
over extended on ice
son-in-law explains complex leg brace
knee, immobile down to ankle
couple seated near
are cousin’s church friends
for over fifty years
this stage of life
birthdays, longevity are celebrated
Palmer R. Haynes
© May 2015