So much to be afraid of: earthquake, mudslide, wildfire, plane crash, train wreck, car accident, nuclear war, riots, gas shortage, Skylab, burglar, rapist, kidnapper, hijacker, mass murderer, botulism, rabies, tetanus, lockjaw, gangrene, infection, germs, sirens, black widow, rattlesnake, calories, high cholesterol, heart attack, Alzheimer’s, bird flu, cancer.
Do you even fear them anymore?
I fear them even more than I did before.
The proof is in the pudding. Shit happens.
Shit happens to everyone all the time.
I resist making plans
at a road trip’s destination.
Should I say we’ll meet for coffee
and leave you at the table
waiting? Glass that won’t break.
:autism, alcoholism, pregnancy, marriage, religion, zipper, bathing suit, paper cut, loneliness, failure, burn, onion & garlic, the perfume lady at Macy’s, veal knuckle, unlocked door, broken glass.
My mother runs her finger over the bumps on the bottom
of the jar and they remind her of the baby’s crooked spine,
crooked like her father’s and grandfather’s.
Sometimes this is just how it is.
It’s impossible to keep the water pitchers full.
We loved her,