Carol Baldwin

In winter the gray squirrels stay in the neighborhood.
So do the cottontails.
How could they fly away?
They don’t starve.
I’ve been committed four times.
A woman should only be hospitalized
to have babies.

The Lord gives you what you need.
The Lord gives you cauliflower
when you crave turtle cheesecake.
The Lord gives you a warm bed
when you yearn to ride Ferris wheels
and thunderpump wings.

All winter long you don’t see any robins.
Your pale skin gets paler.
You make love under the covers
leaving on your warm socks.