Awake in Guatemala

His daughter’s face haunts him.
She has his eyes,
shares a love of horses,
open country. He feels
dust blowing through empty rooms. 

Death is the only peace
he will have, sons
murdered by guerrillas,
grandchildren and their mothers
gone to the States. 

Grandson in Texas
dreams of castles, smiles in sleep.
Mirrors held up to his past reveal
ancestors with dark skin,
stories kept quiet.

Jan Chronister

Jan Chronister

Jan Chronister lives and writes in the woods near Maple, Wisconsin. Her full-length poetry collection Caught between Coasts was published in 2018 by Clover Valley Press. Jan currently serves as president of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.