the phrase ‘I smell a rat’ has new meaning since we
found we had one and that the cabinet underneath
the sink was its patio.

early-morning sunlight seems young enough to get
arrested and even the dust lit lazy in the kitchen
air soothes my soul.

I’m leaving the door open on my pain again,
since coaxing it out of hiding will be the greatest
and most ruthless thing

I have ever done.