How many head
in a lifetime counted
through a gate—

daughters of daughters,
all the young mothers
and their babies

flow in a stream
of concentration, all
the loose ends of living

in a larger world
shut away, yet
clamber for attention.

Phones are ringing
in your mind
you dare not answer

until you’re done—
good practice
for the rest of your life.


One response to “THE NUMBERS

  1. Lenore Brashear

    Definitely don’t answer the phone!!!!! Good practice for sure.


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