Make Way for the NewMake Way for the NewI opened my eyes and there I sawOrange koi dancingBeneath murky waterUnaware of the cares of the worldThe water, so dark,Masked the fishUntil all you could seeWere outlines.New, younger fishDart by the ancient koiThe darkness of them contrasting,Shielding the orange shapes.Looking away, I sawA wide tree,Taller than the others,The king with a crown of green atop his headLooking across his kingdom.However, as my gaze slid down,The trunk of the king was coveredThe brown of successors overlapping.I continued on my journeyThrough the coarse forestWatching peacefullyUntil a beeping interruptedSearching for the source,I blinked my eyesAnd woke up as I realizedThe beeps emittedWere from my alarm clock.
Pieced Together FamilyPieced Together FamilyFlipping through her journal, Cats eyes caught fragments of earlier entries, Today Dad started drinking again,,
hit me,, and gained a bruised arm and hip. Wincing as she reached for her pen, Cat found the page where she left off, then started scribing slowly, arm throbbing from recent injuries.Today, he started thinking about Mom again. When I got home from school, he was already drunk and grieving for Mom. When he first saw me, he asked, Elaine? Is that you? I knew youd come back for me! but soon he started sobbing, You left me all alone in this world. Why? Why!After this breakdown, Dads fury grew over his abandonment and he started to attack me. I know hes wrong, though. Mom was always nice.Im sorry Dad, but if I could change, I promise you I wouldnt look anything like Mom.As Cats anger at her father grew, she started writing furious