On the Sofa

Nana comes from Stockton
twice a year, sits beside me
talks with my parents

as I hold my gift, a silver
dollar, generous payment
for the awkward hug,

the kiss, the space
a little woman takes
in a child’s small life.

Ellen Roberts Young is a member of the writing community in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her first full-length book of poetry is Made and Remade, (WordTech Editions, 2014). She is co-editor of Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal and blogs at www.freethoughtandmetaphor.com.