In April’s twitching light, in weather hoodwinked with sputter, spinning snow and rain and wind, in every direction that’s precise like a mouthful of snappish words, she walks home with a jackpot of worry; she bites her lips. Head to toe wrapped in soft gray, she doesn’t see shadows spun in trees. She doesn’t see her steps, undoing. Things are falling apart, and she’s blank in her resolve. She thinks she should buy some Trader Joe’s convivial cookies for her children who know nothing can be done. She counts days until her next business trip takes her away from this.
Whether or Not by M.J. Iuppa
M.J. Iuppa lives on Red Rooster Farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Most recent poems, lyric essays and fictions have appeared in the following journals: Poppy Road Review, Black Poppy Review, Digging to the Roots, 2015 Calendar, Ealain, Poetry Pacific Review, Grey Sparrow Press: Snow Jewel Anthology, 100 Word Story, Avocet, Eunoia Review, Festival Writer, Silver Birch Press: Where I Live Anthology,Turtle Island Quarterly, Wild Quarterly, Boyne Berries Magazine (Ireland), The Lake, (U.K.), Punchnel’s, Camroc Review, Tar River Poetry, Corvus Review, Clementine Poetry, Postcard Poetry & Prose, and Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney(Norton), among others. She is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program at St. John Fisher College.