From Spring Cleaning, the collection published in 2015.
The library book is overdue
the fine is four dollars and
rising every day and you search under the seat in the car
in the bookshelf in the living room
in the closet in the kitchen.
You just can’t find it.
They have sent you two notices and
you are beginning to feel
even driving past the library
never mind the thought of going in
You just don’t want to.
all this time
the library records are wrong.
The book is sitting on the shelf.
On the shelf. Safe.
You don’t know a thing about it
because you have exiled yourself
It’s just a library book
for heaven’s sake.