From Autumn Opens a Door, a poetry collection published in fall, 2015.
Certainly I’m Just As Concerned As Anyone Else
Everyone else is doing all right so
I’ll just assume she is too until she’s not
and then I’ll say,
My goodness, I had no idea,
even though I did. Well, what can you do?
You can’t fix things for other people,
as much as you’d like to,
even if you’d rather not, but you
say you’d like to
so as to be nice about things.
Anyway, seems she ought to be doing better,
everyone else is doing all right.
Maybe she just ought to try a little harder.