hard to see what’s happening inside
so she feels a need to give complete reports
whenever someone asks
I know I promised I wouldn’t complain, she said,
but I’m not ready to start just yet.
over the years, she filled herself with the best the world could offer,
but she still kept a little place open for frozen peas
Whenever I go on a trip, I think about all the homes I’ve had
& I remember how little has changed about what comforts me.
What color are souls? she said &
I said, Color isn’t that much of an issue
when you’re talking souls.
Does everyone around here pretend they don’t like sex? she said
& I nodded. O, she said, then we should probably not get
to be friends, because I’m going to have to move soon.
It gets real cluttered in here
when everybody talks at once, she said
There are angels everywhere you can imagine.
I saw one hiding in the closet in our bedroom once
& I invited her out, but she said she was waiting
for a friend thank you just the same & next time
I looked she was gone.
thinks of aerobics with the fondness of someone who has decided
it is a chapter now closed in her life
Close To The Ground
I still fly a lot in my dreams, she told us,
but I try to stay close to the ground. At my age,
a fall can be pretty serious.
Not exactly schizophrenic in the classical sense, but close enough that people
give him all the room he needs on the sidewalk.
When did the world go to hell? he said & I said it happens about this same time
every couple of years & that seemed to calm him down
The clock is a conspiracy & a crime against humanity &
I would not own one except I miss appointments without it.
I read somewhere that if given a choice between sex & peace of mind, she said, most people would choose peace. Personally, I said, I do fine with a little anxiety.
Make sure you got clean underwear, she always said, in case you get in an accident & I always figured that’d be the least of my worries, but now I’m older & I see there’s a lot you can’t control & some you can control & clean underwear is one of those you can. For the most part.
everybody’s dancing in place because they don’t want to mess up the house since it just got cleaned
The elephant head was the most unusual piece in her wardrobe & even though she never wore it in public, it gave her great comfort to know she could if she wanted to.
falling back on the classics because it’s easier than admitting all this modern stuff is a little bit baffling
taking himself for a walk hoping he doesn’t poop on someone’s lawn
like all the other dogs in the neighborhood since he’s trying hard to better himself
this is a machine that’s supposed to make civilization, but it’s only theoretical
because it takes a lot more civilization than we’ve got at the moment to get it to work