How Long Does it Take?

I need 150 poems for my thesis,
but they have to be good poems.
If I write one good poem a day,
I can be done in 5 months!
That’s March 2015!

Yet, somehow I like focusing
on this un/attainable goal
rather than expend energies
hoping my mom’s dementia will recede.
Life keeps rolling along.

I swallow the inevitable sadness
that one day she’ll really be lost to us,
laying in bed, looking at us as strangers.

But for now, I can make her squeal
with shock when I tell her my grandson
I’m carrying is her baby!

Somewhere, some wavelength
in her head does the mathematical probability,
and she knows I’m joking.


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