One Solid Chassis Among Us

By Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Featured Image: Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth by Martin Johnson Heade, 1890
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

We praised the gray car for being a good little mule
the day before it roared demands. The labs
for my sister’s knee surgery came back showing dual
heart chambers out of whack. And right-left jabs
of exploding joints and breast removal for me
came one year after both my husband’s eyes
lost cataracts, gained corneas. The knee
still needs to be replaced, of course. So why
not buy a new car? Certainly we could
transport our patchwork selves in our patchwork car,
all very apt, and prudently get the good
of what’s left. Or, while granting how things are,
we could fling cash, climb in with gleeful smiles,
and ride shiny the remaining miles.

Susan Blackwell Ramsey’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Poetry East, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. Her book A Mind Like This won the 2012 Prairie Schooner Poetry Book Prize and was published by The University of Nebraska Press. She lives in Kalamazoo, which exists.

Originally appeared in NOR 17

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