Home Movie

Home Movie


Strewn across the floors their toys and things, a video cassette the dad
had written “We used to have more of these” on,
the kitchen in a state of high party, boxed cakes half eaten, cannoli
and rows and rows of drinks were pastries brimming with cream
along the broken ramparts of the countertops, we noticed blue carpet
but hardwood elsewhere, no choice had been right
the house abandoned in haste if in triumph or terror, just
abandoned, a family photo on the wall when the twins were babies
dad diminutive and round, pale as batter, mom had great bones and a vanity
he subsidized while the babies grew through that disorder into us
and as we toured the house accepting slowly even this we can’t afford
I’d love to steal the plants but how to get them home
the towering ficus and an actual tree I can’t name and others
they lived at least on a larger scale, they reached for things, these half-wits

Thank you for reading The Nation!

We hope you enjoyed the story you just read, just one of the many incisive, deeply reported articles we publish daily. Now more than ever, we need fearless journalism that moves the needle on important issues, uncovers malfeasance and corruption, and uplifts voices and perspectives that often go unheard in mainstream media.

Donate right now and help us hold the powerful accountable, shine a light on issues that would otherwise be swept under the rug, and build a more just and equitable future.

For nearly 160 years, The Nation has stood for truth, justice, and moral clarity. As a reader-supported publication, we are not beholden to the whims of advertisers or a corporate owner. But it does take financial resources to report on stories that may take weeks or months to investigate, thoroughly edit and fact-check articles, and get our stories to readers like you.

Donate today and stand with us for a better future. Thank you for being a supporter of independent journalism.

Thank you for your generosity.

Ad Policy