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In the living room

there are curtains

through the window

there is a garden

the begonias are dead I tell her

and she says Doris is in the hospital

Ray across the street

his knee is acting up again

he’s back to using a cane

the children all live miles away

and Louise can’t take care of him

in the living room

there are curtains

Jeanine you know Jeanine she says

in the yellow house on the corner

has that little terrier mix

Pixie or is it Trixie

her rheumatoid’s so bad

Jeanine can barely hold the phone

through the window

there is a garden

the begonias died

she says

I pull the curtains closed

and I say

everything does.

 

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