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Jo McDougall: This Morning

As I drove into town

the driver in front of me 

runs a stop sign. 

A pedestrian pulls down his cap. 

A man comes out of his house 

to sweep the steps.

Ordinariness

bright as raspberries. 



I turn on the radio. 

Somebody tells me

the day is sunny and warm. 

A woman laughs 



and my daughter steps out of the radio. 

Grief spreads in my throat like strep. 

I had forgotten, I was happy, I maybe 

was humming "You Are My Lucky Star," 

a song I may have invented. 

Sometimes a red geranium, a dog,

a stone

will carry me away. 

But not for long. 

Some memory or another of her 

catches up with me and stands

like an old nun behind a desk, 

ruler in hand.

First published in Dirt, Autumn House Press, Pittsburgh, 2001. Copyright © 2001 by Jo McDougall. Reprinted by permission of the author.

3 comments on “Jo McDougall: This Morning

  1. Barbara Huntington
    May 9, 2021

    Two beautiful pieces in one day. Thank you, Michael. Mother’s Day is wonderful and difficult. One child has already texted me beautiful roses. My mother was known as the Rose Lady of Ramona. As I look out my front window the jacaranda has only sparse purple blooms. I remember mom sitting at the table across from that window and discovering over and over the jacaranda’s beauty while I kept my tears to myself and agreed with her again and again.

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  2. Oluwadamilaretitilope
    May 9, 2021

    🤜🤜

    Liked by 1 person

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