The dark side of the new year, with us always: those who struggle to
keep body and soul together, the poor, marginalized, the unseen – until
we really really look, open our eyes to understanding …
an elderly woman gets off
staggers to curb
clutching at tail-lights
wanting to hide them in pockets
to use during frigid midnights
afraid of incandescent hydro bills
minimized by government
to increase bureaucratic pay
first published by Gutter
‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, May 2016.