Poetry Month – April 27, 2024 – On the Altar


Will the silver rattle survive the mortar fire?
Can she pack the rock with her very first
written sentence taped to it?
What about the perfect ice cream cone that Papi
made because they like ice cream so much,
can she bring it please?
And the very light,
very soft,
Very squish-able rabbit
from the storybook she love, love, loves so much,
Can she bring it at least?
What can she bring with her
after the bombing
After hiding
After bombing
After hiding
After holding her breath for so long,
Will she know her own name?

After I wrote Part 1, I wondered about what treasures are being packed and kept and carried and held in Kyiv, in Mariupol, in Rafah, in Gaza.