Notwithstanding the room hanging with laundry
The three girls age seven, ten, and six
(That’s Inge with the red hair holding up her hand
and spinning herself around like a crazy teapot)
And all the ironing that still needs to be done
(The several piles of sheets and children’s under-
clothes and not one silk slip or a bright blouse
to indicate that anything that went on in this
kitchen was ever more than white labor, more
tedious than office work) before beginning to
cook supper for her husband farmer who’d
be back late and tired from the field
It was not difficult to understand why
My cousin killed herself.
Will Schmitz is a graduate of the University of Hawaii.