Maternal Ghazal

Baguio in the early ’80s: there were no birth preparation classes when I was about to become a young mother so I bought books— Dr. Spock, Lamaze— feeling out of my water. This Lamaze “natural” method was the latest thing from abroad, and I read avidly, but stopped to panic at the parts on episiotomies …

Derecho Ghazal

And the high winds bore down, and the sky built up that grey wall: derecho. The taverns by the sea closed their shutters, and the stands selling battered fries, derecho. On the boardwalk, pieces of salt-water taffy, half- eaten funnel cakes oozing grease and cream: derecho. And the people on every highway, panicked, sought a …