"Sestina," by the American poet Elizabeth Bishop, explores family trauma, the gap between adult understanding and childhood innocence, and the persistence of grief. The poem describes what at first seems like a sweet domestic scene: a grandmother and her grandchild sit at a table, "laughing and talking" as rain falls outside. But the grandmother, aware that some big loss or change has occurred, is also trying to hide tears from her grandchild as the latter "proudly" draws pictures of a house. "Sestina" was first published in a 1956 issue of The New Yorker. Though not strictly autobiographical, the poem draws inspiration from Bishop's own life: Bishop's father died when she was a baby, and the poet was later sent to live with her grandparents when her mother was institutionalized for mental illness. As the title reveals, the poem is a "sestina": a complicated form that consists of six stanzas of six lines plus a final tercet. The words that end the lines in the first stanza repeat as end words throughout the rest of the poem, appearing in a different order in each subsequent stanza according to a fixed pattern.