Before the Dark by Micheline Maylor

Its penciled pages a Rosetta stone
a daughter forgets her diary.
Home from school today
the little book calls to me.

Holds the language of the other.
On the cover, Sun breaks the spell:
A mother must set herself beyond
desire for secrets, beyond the thrill

of necessary gravity between them, like planets.
Sun must slink darkward before the clock
tells a story that begins with the words,
a mother has betrayed her child, her lock.