Caving In

      by Angela Leuck and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Skylark 5:1, Summer 2017, page 109. Originally written from November 2009 to March 2010 via email.

autumn doldrums
the neighbour’s pool
half empty                                                                          Angela

        parent-teacher meeting
        not over yet                                                                Michael

almost weightless
the fallen leaves
my son’s absence                                                              Angela

hidden by forest fire smoke . . .
the moon I wish
you could have seen                                                         Michael

        pale sun outside
        the abortion clinic                                                    Angela

backyard burial—
the pumpkin’s smile
caving in                                                                           Michael