I live on the Isle of Estrangement,
mourning the one who sent me here,
with the words “I’m cutting you off.”
The mainland Normalcy–
a place where people forgive and talk things through,
is sometimes visible through the haze.
If I thought I wouldn’t be turned away,
I’d attempt to cross the frigid straits,
As it is, with no beacon, the one with the boat must return.
In the meantime, I worry all those who visit,
this private space where I grieve,
will tire of my sad face.
So with a sense of desperation I teach,
of how it was I came here to exist,
hoping they will stay a while,
on my island of exile,
this place called Estrangement.
Stacy Gleiss has lived a life immersed in Japanese culture—a culture vastly different from that of her home state of Michigan. In her experience as the teen bride of a traditional Japanese man, Gleiss found inspiration for her memoir, The Six-Foot Bonsai.
Visit Stacy’s blog here: https://thesixfootbonsai.com/
And here’s the link to her book, The Six-Foot Bonsai, on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Six-Foot-Bonsai-Soul-Lost-Rising/dp/0692773134