Granny Smith Apples
Six years old: grandma
draws an imaginary family tree
while her mother plants herself
between two Japanese men
hungry for tea and her father
uproots himself and gets lost at sea.
She finally learns about family
on 3 o’clock radio stories
in their staircase landing home
while rubbing Chinese medicine
into the dirt of her bruises. She is
her own gardener and it doesn't deter her.