Her Brother’s Debt

by

 

Owing his widowed foreman a great debt,
the brother brought his sister overseas.
She came mute, her thoughts folded
     in her bags.
At breakfast she listened like a table
     to their sounds. 

She married with his dishes in the sink. 

She has unleashed the foreman’s toddler
     from the line.
She has taught the foreman’s son to sing,
his oldest daughter to braid her hair,

and the foreman to snore gently
through her dreams.

 

First published in Chants.

 

Dreams - photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer.

Dreams – photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer.

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