swatting a Christmas tree ball,
a pile of wobbly presents or stacked books
surrendering to gravity,
the washing machine venting its hatred
of rugs, the refrigerator’s harsh cough,
plumbing tying a new knot in itself,
one of the useless chimneys toppling,
a full-length mirror diving off the closet door,
three-legged stool ineptly reglued,
woman or man or dog tumbling down stairs,
some winged thing in attic, basement, bedroom,
a ninety-six-year-old house that sighs and says,
A hundred isn’t feasible. I can’t.
— Roland Sodowsky
Roland Sodowsky worked in Kansas wheat fields as a teenager. His books include Things We Lose, an AWP award winner, Interim in the Desert, Un-Due West, and poetry and fiction in Atlantic Monthly and Midwest Quarterly, among others. A 2009 Kansas Voices winner, he lives with his wife, Laura Lee Washburn, in Pittsburg, KS.