Soft summer night.Â Â In the garden,
my daughter lies back in my arms.
We look up at the stars.
I think of my own mother
folded tight into
her warm dark bed
of Mississippi Delta clay.
I wonder where
and why sheâ€™s gone.
I point up at the sky.
â€œThe Big Dipperâ€ I tell my child.
â€œA question mark,â€ she says.
~ Susan Castillo Street
Susan Castillo Street is a Louisiana expatriate and academic who lives in the English countryside south of London. Â She has published a book of poems titled â€˜The Candlewoman’s Tradeâ€™ (Diehard Press, 2003); her poems have appeared in poetry reviews in Scotland, the US, and Luxembourg. Â She is a member of two poetry groups, the Conduit Street Poets (London) and 52.Â