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