Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I Hardly Ever Did

I Hardly Ever Did

I watched TV
Through birth, death and taxes
When I was the addendum
Or when it was my own mother
Or my own uterus
An organ saddled with far-reaching expectations
And sickness
I watched TV.
People came and people went and still
I watched TV.
In the hospital, a woman named Holly and I watched
Hours of this thing called Special Victims Unit
Every day
Even though a Vietnam Vet with delusions of grandeur
Begged us to change the station.
I watched TV every day of Summer Vacation for pretty much
My entire childhood but I vowed that the next day I
Would stop,
That I would take a walk or something,
But I hardly ever did.

Special Victims Unit

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