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April 1, 2003
[Note: Making poems fit 100 words will be difficult.]

here, more

my mother flies cross-country to see new things
here the grapes are larger, greener (redder)
more seedless

here the roasted chickens are larger
better cooked, lemony (garlicky)
more roasted

cross-country rose-colored glasses
mask her unsettled, unsettling anxiety
about cross-country life

my mother flies cross-country to see new things
here the children are larger, chattier (older)
more childlike

here her son is larger, bolder (older)
more experienced

cross-country mother-colored glasses
mask her unsettled, unsettling anxiety
about the reach of a mother’s love

my mother
she flies cross-country
not too often