she is under the kitchen table, a book in her hand,
a glass of milk and a small bowl of peanuts beside her.
We know we can call Odella's name out loud,
slap the table hard with our hands,
dance around it singing
'She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain'
so many times the song makes us sick
and the circling makes us dizzy
my sister will do nothing more
than slowly turn the page.