As The Insurance Dwindles

As The Insurance Dwindles

In this house made of wood mother formulates ancestry cleans the fish
and makes the rooms habitable despite the incessant drilling.

As the insurance dwindles in each room an ornament rejoices,
a call girl smoothes the upholstery and a judgment curses high and low.

Each closet is filled with white mice wearing ear muffs and whimpering
about sex and the sea. You made this house of flames

from lavender pictures of a sullenness children wear to escape

into a wilder world of call girls fatuous mice and rebirth,
adjusting the view from little prisons gnawing at the regime.

Trio, E. 10th St. Ave. B & C, 1982, photograph by Philip Pocock
Trio, E. 10th St. Ave. B & C, 1982, photograph by Philip Pocock

-Dorothy Friedman