Day of departure (a poem)

Written this afternoon while waiting for the Music of Remembrance spring concert to begin. I was specifically inspired by mention of a diary entry describing a Japanese American family’s last night at home before leaving for the Puyallup temporary detention site (and then the Minidoka camp).

It will be moments now
before the lights go out
and this home
becomes empty

Until then, we wait

(20 May 2018)