To the Moon

Her tapping feet, her gentle sway, to blues: Skyward bound, drawing closer to the moon. She is her constellation and her muse. Louisiana blues, they swing in tune.   Their bodies swing like pendulums and sway In tune, the pulse and rhythm of the blues. The sun shall rise with light to break the day,… Continue reading To the Moon

Sage

Some send their prayers in smoke and open air. In that case, all it takes is grass and sage. And so, I write a poem as a prayer.   We set the sage to flame and with great care, To follow the traditions of great age. We send our prayers in smoke and open air.… Continue reading Sage

Fracture

He promised to meet me at baggage claim. That was before. Six months later, I find my daisy-patterned luggage on my own and depart the airport hand-in-hand with souvenirs that I’ll keep. He drove me to the airport. We embraced each other in his car. He clung to me as if it was the last… Continue reading Fracture

“Home,” Scene Three

LISA, MARIE CHANTAL, and EMMANUEL walk onstage. There is a table with three chairs. They sit. WAITER approaches. WAITER: Welcome to Cannabera. What would you like? EMMANUEL: We would all like chipati. WAITER: Would you like drinks? LISA: I’ll have icyayi, please. EMMANUEL: Tonic. MARIE CHANTAL: Fanta. WAITER: What kind of Fanta? MARIE CHANTAL: Citron.… Continue reading “Home,” Scene Three

“Home,” Scene Two

The library is a house with a classroom and a small nook of textbooks and notebooks. The classroom has several desks, a chalkboard, and a map. LISA: Welcome to Intermediate English Class. Good morning. EMMANUEL and MARIE CHANTAL: Good morning! LISA: How are you? EMMANUEL and MARIE CHANTAL: We are fine. And you? LISA: I… Continue reading “Home,” Scene Two

“Home,” Scene One

An African market: colorful kitenge, people bartering, and lots of noise, animals, and pandemonium. Two Americans, LISA and KAYLEE, are walking through the stalls. MERCHANT: Sister, welcome to Rwanda! I will make you a kitenge dress! Only four thousand francs! LISA: No, thank you. MERCHANT: Cheaper than anywhere else in the market! LISA: Maybe we’ll… Continue reading “Home,” Scene One