Orders from Albert:
Mend the aprons, hoist the sails, we never use aqua, pink, or brown
in our embroidery our design is of the caribou
and they’re always on the move.
My own project was building a round stone
from Die Sieben Geisslein, The Seven Little Goats
they sewed a stone into the belly of a wolfwhen he was sleeping so he couldn’t move--
only heavy as lead a small planet or moon with layers.
They say life is like an onion or is that art?
a miniature of the bomb nobody knew about
until Mom began telling us up in Nomewhile the TV channel showed footage of Vietnam
while Dad was gone on trips to frozen villages and their small islands.
got the parts about surviving but thought thosecame with instructions whispered by Albert only she could hear
because they were coming from nowhere else. Dad didn’t knowuntil a decade later when Mom decided to tell him.
pointing to objects in the air only she could see dropping.Then falling down in the snow fort built of blocky chunks
right by the shipping container I made into a play house
tried my hand at sleeping there at forty belowgiving up and going in only at pitch dark. Our neighbors
were into Elvis and Evel Knievel. We let them play.