In five lines (no more, no less) incorporate:
- the word “sliced”
- the color “chartreuse”
- something only you know about your mother
- your favorite author
Here’s my attempt:
A Chain of Fish Hooks
Chartreuse is just another way of saying yellow. Tawny and lime.
The way my mother likes to turn inside out quietly in the kitchen.
Neruda said, Eating alone is a disappointment. But not eating is
hollow and green. And that is how family feels. Like a verdant hole
or an animal’s sliced heart. Careless breaking of something wild.