Blood pressure is low today

she wears bunny rabbit slippers to work

her shoes in a sack

and last night came the call

from her sister in Shenandoah

when she bailed Bud out of jail

he never came back


After eight hours

running the bottle cap machine

five minutes to clean up

before stepping into a dream

about five days in Niagara in 1963

full of ice wine and strawberries

February love frozen as cream


Turning the corner

her daughter with a black eye

and her suitcase

meets her halfway

between dinner and disaster

they have not spoken for years

but this day is different

one of them needs some tenderness

the other starts walking faster

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