AFTER THE TERIYAKI After the teriyaki – the trampoline. Eleven is lean; ravenous. In the in-between time before sunset, before the onset of puberty, he becomes the Man-Boy; the defender of his Mother – Mother who is creative with her courage. His father is irregularly absent. The cat, Sky, curls its blackness into his heart. Nana is witness to it – to his suppleness with words, to his innocence tinged with dark. She is fearful of asymmetry. Eleven is lean; ravenous: Fifteen has a talent for design. As an only sister, she becomes the storm’s eye: his balance: his compass. Copyright © JENNY JOHNSON