Lois Marie Harrod
And, Or and Not
And she said she wanted a nice house
one that was solid—
not this tumbling down two-level shack
built in the 50's or 60's by contractors
who went bankrupt.
Or she said she was quite happy
with her tumbledown,
the one that was not
as well insulated as it could be,
but small enough to clean herself,
saving that $100 a week
it would take someone else to scrub it up.
Not that sometimes she didn't think
she'd rather not scrub the kitchen floor
or the bathroom walls and ceiling again.
Lois Marie Harrod's latest collection Woman was published by Blue Lyra in February 2020. Her Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks; her chapbook And She Took the Heart appeared in January 2016; Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. A Dodge poet, she is published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Shot Glass Journal to Zone 3. Links to her online work www.loismarieharrod.org