the adolescent’s bouncing knee

whose chum looks like his mother

the trim of stainless steel secured

with Scotch tape

and the euphemistic thermostat labeled

energy management


he resembles his father at boot camp


the elder nun is silent as the younger

slaps her cup on the bottom to get it all


Mom ‘n Pop

to whom all there is

represents an order

and an insurgent order

stare with eager disregard


a glance askant betrays

the retro couple