Janet McCann

what chipped roses.

there have, after all, been some pure moments
of delight.

the best friends were not always the most faithful
or the most attractive,
sometimes it was their suddenness.

as for the half-full,
half empty cup,
pessimism is best
when it comes to the gas tank.

thank you notes?
bills?

Wallace Stevens at 75
trying to imagine the whole schmear.
not much got away.

faith can’t be forced.
mine is elusive and gun-shy.
I try to leave enough food for it
of the kind it likes.

the bracelet I liked so much
I gave it away …

and the sparse flowers of here!
naked ladies, mimosa, crepe myrtle.
nothing more, because of the brutal weather.