Aunt has called a family conference.

We sit at the big table

in the bay window

overlooking the sea.

We are all on tenterhooks.

Aunt explains how she is

burdened with debts,

like we didn’t already know.

She’s taken a job at a liquor store,

this is new to us.

Aunt is a little nervous

leaving us alone in the evenings.

No reference is made

to the thick brown padded

registered envelope

that arrived yesterday.

We all breathe a big sigh.

I felt sure we were being evicted.


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