Thursday, September 21, 2017


An early morning phone call from a hospital
will do that
when you have elderly parents,
people you care about who don’t live with you.

The pit of the stomach moment when you realize
this is not a social call.
And as your mind races
you realize
it isn’t as bad
as the call you were dreading.
You can deal with this one
without emotions getting in the way,
too much.
You can make a plan,
Be practical,
Breathe a little,
And be in control
Of part of the situation.

Sure, it is there.
Nagging in your head
Tugging at your heart
Drilling a hole in your stomach.
Worry, but not dispair
or grief.

Not this time.