So Much Rain

      by Ida Freilinger, Michael Dylan Welch, Dianne Garcia, and Amelia Fielden

First published in Ribbons 9:2, Fall 2013, page 53. 
Also published in Amelia Fieldens book, Conversations in Tanka (Port Adelaide, Australia: Ginninderra Press, 2014). Written 10 April 2013 at the Lake Forest Park Library in Lake Forest Park, Washington, on the theme of relationships. See also Fine Dining.

grown children
with busy lives
their dying father—
who gets the queen bed                                              Ida Freilinger

old enough now
to refuse my hugs,
my daughter tells me
that she still loves me
that she always will                                                         Michael Dylan Welch

your text message
saying he’s moved out
no forwarding address—
this morning’s paper
still unread                                                                          Dianne Garcia

I shelter the boy
under my umbrella
holding his hand—
so much rain ahead of him
after I’m gone                                                                   Amelia Fielden