Name: Margaret Chula
Location: Portland, Oregon
How do you know Cara? Haiku Society of America, Bend Haiku Weekend, June 2011
How long have you been writing poetry? Poetry, all my life since I was ten. Haiku since 1979.
What kind of poetry do you write? I still enjoy writing tanka and haibun after more than twenty years. Currently I’m working on a manuscript of lyrical poetry, another haibun collection, and sending out a tanka manuscript to publishers.
Please share a poem:
Polishing the Spoons Polishing the silver spoons that belonged to my grandmother, my mother and now me, I picture us each standing at the kitchen sink. We are absorbed in the woman’s task of cleaning, our satisfaction in seeing the black tarnish come off on the rag. shining from the concave mirror distorted reflections My grandmother wears a long dress with an apron splashed with cooking for eight children. Her auburn hair’s braided and coiled on top of her head. Her thick fingers move slowly, thoroughly, over each spoon. worrying about the summer tobacco crop spilt gravy Mother is wearing a 1950’s housedress, faded and tattered from too many presses through the ringer washing machine. Her short black hair forms tendrils in the New England heat. She has taken off her diamond and laid it on the counter. Her once beautiful hands are dry and puckered. She scrubs quickly thinking about the pail of dirty diapers and how she’ll finally leave him. I’m wearing a cobalt blue top with silver threads from Bali, white shorts, and no apron. I don’t even own an apron. Barefooted, blond hair wound on top of my head, I polish the spoons while waiting for the kettle to boil. Rubber gloves protect my lacquered nails. reflecting that I have no one to leave these spoons to ©Margaret Chula
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2011
Modern Haiku, 2011