Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon lives in Indianola, Washington, a small town on Puget Sound northwest of Seattle. Departures,  a book of poetry and prose about the forced removal of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor will be published in April 2019 by Unsolicited Press.



An open door framed a sunlit field

and a blue pond where a saintly burrow

drowsed beside its saintly reflection.


A bantam boy with rheumy eyes

deposited coarse bread in a basket.

A shadowy, empty room, except for me.


From the kitchen: a clatter of plates,

a man and wife’s soft speech beyond

the wall of my own language.


And garlic scent.  Something frying.

The boy returned with a mug of beer

to match the golden afternoon.


A rooster crowed. An icon of Mary,

red, black and gold, cast its basilisk stare

from a cracked plaster wall.


A fly tapped the window beside the door.

The boy’s spread palm quickly mashed it.

He olive eyes darted my way for a approval.


Meal finished, I shook man and wife’s hands.

My compliments were true. I patted the boy

and went on my way out the door


with worn backpack and I patted the burrow

as if we both knew there was no such

thing as final destination.


© 2018 Mike Dillon