By the Tokyo Museum rabbit chopstick rests
by the Home for the Holidays scented red candle
by the old dog and the young child sleeping
in lamplight, wind more whine than howl
we eat chocolate by shameless fistfuls, butter
toast from crust to crust because it’s freezing
make payments, pawprints on this new shore,
these yellow sands we’ve come unto.
Margaret Young is the author of Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Almond Town (Bright Hill Press). Her chapbook Blight Summer is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and her translation of Sergio Inestrosa's Espacio Improbable de un Haikú has just been published by Obsidiana Press.