I knew when my father told me
he was drawing our family tree
for a frontispiece to his memoirs
and including a number of cousins
he’d just discovered online
and never met
that he was going to leave out
his own child, my sister, who
was born and died the same winter:
he had never been a man to
associate himself with failure.
And he did not disappoint.
Lynn Gilbert has had poems in Concho River Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Journal of Poetry Therapy, Kansas Quarterly, Peninsula Poets, Southwestern American Literature, The Texas Observer, Third Wednesday, several regional anthologies, and the four-poet collection Four Shields of Power (Plain View Press, Austin), among others. She helps edit poetry for Third Wednesday and was a founding editor of Borderlands. Her most-read poem is a haiku displayed in 40 Austin city buses since 2013. (2019)