Pamela L. Laskin

Constant, Chronic

An established bonsai
requires dwarfing—
to be planted in a shallow container
to suppress the growth of roots,
to be placed on a shelf
with sufficient sunlight,
but insufficient water
and fertilizer,

mother will be happy
to comply,
to keep you small and stunted means
you will be wholly dependent on
hr constant, chronic care.


The shape
of ache and longing
is your leaf
loping downward
like an old lady
who has already left
her life.