PracticeYou practiced the piano The piano was not damagedYou practiced Spanish vocab Malformed words were repairedYou practiced painting Another sheaf of paper was boughtYou practiced driving There was that little dentYou practiced saying, no thanks, I can't come The lie didn't hurt anyoneYou practiced many things in the mirror The mirror never broke You practiced being in love That was your first mistake
DriftingYoung people adriftDo they know how quicklyThey will become stuck
One WeekThere are one hundredSixty-eight hours this weekWhy aren't there enough?
Animals KnowAnimals know whenTo grow up: see the big doe.Why am I a fawn?
Waiting for the ScreamIn the second half ofThe nineteenth centuryThey knew about anesthesiaAnd they didn't use itFor forty more yearsBecause they thoughtThe surgery was more effectiveIf the patient screamed.It sounds so familiar:One party pokes,The other screams.What does efficacious mean?
Instead of LivingA few years ago she almost diedShe thought she made her peaceTurns out the resignation doesn't lastShe still wants to liveLazarus, Lazarus, are you still gladPerhaps if Jesus hadn't given inTo your sisters' tearsYou would never have known the fearThe trade off is so very clearIf you live, you live with fearHow strange to fill the timeWith fear instead of living
Ancient and YoungHe glances and smilesShe touches her hairHe laughs, very lowShe murmurs, he stares.Everyone knows they're a coupleAs if they were wearing a signAnd the sign says, we're in loveAnd the love shows this design:The abstract is stamped alwaysThe template shows foreverThe blueprint highlights very close,And in the fine print, we'll neverBe parted no matter what.They say it's just a feelingThen how does it endure?The look in their eyes is very, very sure.Tell me the age of this couple.Now you protest that you can't seeIf their skin is shiny or their hair gray.Sixteen? Eighty-three?
Its Never Coming BackThe hip before the car accidentEthel's coffee cake before she diedThe boy you never marriedThe major you dropped and never triedThe job you had before you quitThe blue house before it soldThe divorce before the aftermathMr. Sawyer before he got oldThe dress with flowers you almost boughtThe man whose favor you never soughtThe cloudy story with no entréeThe baby she had and gave awayThe neighbor before he started to drinkThe corner lot before constructionThe friend before he went to warThe former world before its destruction
When I Was LittleWhen I was littleI was confused all the timeI'm glad I grew up