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Georgia Ann BanksMartin

Lincoln Park, MI
Georgia Ann BanksMartin
Lincoln Park, MI
Friday, May 21, 2010

Woman In Green Coat

The park was typical today, couples strolling,
holding hands, kissing, one woman watching,
I knew what she was thinking, I used to have
the same thoughts. I should have told her love
comes with fear and anxiety.

I should have told her how I wish for calls
from the bill collector, asking for Mary Gregory,
as if I would say “She’s here today, please hold, ”
the salesman who used to trick me into buying
seven-year magazine subscriptions,
filled my mail with socialites jailed for DUI.

I long for those calls like some women crave chocolate,
not the ones beginning: Father has fallen, EMS is on the way,
He’s having breathing problems but won’t go to the hospital,
His behavior has become erratic, his options: limited,
The calls that suggest I take comfort in knowing
he’s going to a nursing home, not returning to the house
where he pulled hair from his wife’s gray head,
where he gave uncle a black eye,
where we took his gun away,
fearing suicide.
Georgia Ann BanksMartin
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