Sijo Triptych: Mother, Father, Brother


woman, your life has been hard
and continues hard to this late day
as i rest while you work
while your wise, kind words sustain me
my heart roars respect for you
for i am frail in all save love

hermit in your house so spare
cooking and eating simple food
trimming that close, gray beard
hair by hair in morning’s mirror
tonight we will sip penny wine
and savor rich conversation

i remember when we shared
the room at the top of the stair
when you defended me
and they pressed your face in the snow
long now we have lived far apart
still i am with you my brother


what is sijo?

what is a triptych?


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