One Poem by Lannie Stabile

 Just Emailed an Estate Lawyer Regarding My Mother’s Will Using the Subject Line “I Really Don’t Know What to Title This” 

Subject: Deceased Mother

Probate for Deceased Mother

I Need a Probate Lawyer

Help, My Mother Is Dead

I am the estranged and grieving daughter writing on behalf of my manic-depressive mother, who spent 62 years slowly piecing herself out died this past Wednesday evening, alone. She named me executor of her will, and I’m hoping you and I can discuss rates, process, and my abandonment of her expectations. To be honest, I am at a loss on how to proceed with all this guilt the things she left behind: Great-grandchildren, a son, and a daughter who will never again see the crinkle of kind, misguided blue eyes. I understand her assets may be placed in probate to feed the satisfy creditors. After all, my mother had a lot of heart debt. 

As I am currently on overdrive to ignore the pain bereavement for the next five days, meeting this week would be excruciating preferable. Please reply with your availability, and I will shower, brush my hair, and force myself do my best to meet it. 

I appreciate any and all help you can provide during this difficult and confusing torture time.

Lannie Stabile (she/her) is the author of Good Morning to Everyone Except Men Who Name Their Dogs Zeus, out with Cephalopress. She is also a back-to-back finalist for the Glass Chapbook Series and back-to-back semifinalist for the Button Poetry Contest. Find her on Twitter @LannieStabile.

Editor-in-Chief Laura Lee Washburn is the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as TheNewVerse.News, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Sun, and Valparaiso ReviewHarbor Review’s chapbook prize is named in her honor. She expects her next collection, The Book of Stolen Images (Meadowlark) to be out in a few months.


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