“Reverse Musical Chairs” was published by Stoneboat Literary Journal (April 2019)
Sundays at noon
at my mother’s table with eight chairs
the seven of us sat.
We’d take our usual seats
and there was always room
the six of us struggled
to find our spots at the same table
among the eight original chairs
despite my father’s permanent absence
leaving room for two.
the eight chairs remain
waiting round the same table.
There are only five of us left.
We search in desperation
but my mother took the music with her;
no one can find a seat.