by Vida Chu

Coarse, uneven grained and chalky grey
scooped from the ceramic jar
scattered by his daughters’ hands
under the azaleas,
watered with a garden hose
patted down into the earth
all traces of his ninety-four years


Author Bio:

Vida Chu has lived in Princeton for fifty years. Her poems have appeared in US 1 Worksheets, Princeton Arts Review, Kelsey Review, The Literary Review and The Princeton Magazine. A book of poems, The Fragrant Harbor, was published by Aldrich Press in 2014. Her children stories appear in Cricket Magazine and Fire and Wings.

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