After lying on the kitchen floor
all night alone and not breathing
you suddenly rise,
stumble backward into the living–
room, where you unpour a glass
of vodka the fifth
of Smirnoff's refills itself. Your head
stops pounding and you can see more
clearly the piles of dirty laundry
surrounding you in colorful mounds
become clean and fold themselves
back inside the dresser drawers.
You suddenly hear the phone
ringing, pick it up and say
Hello. It's me
on the other end asking how you've been.
Mary Crosby is an Assistant Professor of English in the department of Composition and Literature at Bergen Community College in Lyndhurst, NJ. She has poems published in Calyx, Dos Passos Review, Earth's Daughters, The Kerf and other journals. Her chapbook Alluvium Stream was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press.