Another class (Spring 1999) assignment. This one was to be written in response to one of the poems we read in class. One of them, Aurora Harris' Amidst Interruption, did some interesting things with physical structure, and I attempted to work with those ideas here.
Family Dinner at the MooringsUnder the hum of candelit conversation
Blood, thicker than water, is here as thin and sharp
As the chilly breeze off the bay.
Feeling the glory of the sea wind against my face
The velvet dress Aunt Karen thought was so becoming.
Honor and respect in exchange for obedience and proper behavior.
How was Deer Island? the matriarch asks.
Oh, it was dull - nothing but a few rocks.
And set on display for a million visitors a year.
I could rebel - I could run out of this restaurant screaming
Leading their clan in to dine in elegance.
The main course makes its appearance.
My grandmother sends her lobster back.
It's overdone, and she wants another vodka.