IMAGINING ROTAIt was warm there,
Gibraltar warm, and at night
my sister cooled her feet against
the damp stucco walls. My mother,
heavy with me, moved from room
to room, sealing off drains from water bugs,
placing glass shards on the windowsill
to deter marauding gypsies.
On the six-inch tv, Franco's face
beamed at her like a dark-eyed god, and
there was no meat for the stew.
My family wished upon an antique
Copyright 2000, Brandy Bauer
Brandy Bauer received her MFA in 1999 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She currently works as an editor in Washington, DC.