EPIDEMIC

each morning Grandmom awakened
fed oak slabs to a passive stove

heat
      breakfast
                    the surviving family

at the kitchen table she trusted King James
                     belief
in this god and his ravenous influenza

a life with two fewer sons

each belief burned away in a fever
each night full of reaching for tiny hands

              ·

each night full of reaching for tiny hands
each belief burned away in a fever

a life with two fewer sons

in this god and his ravenous influenza
                        belief
at the kitchen table she trusted King James

                     the surviving family
        breakfast
heat

fed oak slabs to a passive stove
each morning Grandmom awakened


From The Language of  Moisture and Light by Le Hinton.
Used by permission of the poet and Iris G. Press.
Copyright © 2013 by Le Hinton.