Mommy threw a teapot

                   exploding it on Daddy's head.

                   Then she got very mad when

                   she realized it was her best, 

                   became moody and disconsolate

                   lost several stone

                   died a few months later.

                   Daddy joined the Merchant Marine

                   traveled to some atmospheric locations,

                   started sleeping with men.

                   Carried a knife for, protection.

                   Wrote us posthumous letters about

                   the wanderer's conditional illusions.

                   Even here in this small stoical city

                   we are overrun with them.

                   They are everywhere.

Colin James has a book of poems, Resisting Probability, from

Sagging Meniscus Press. He lives in Massachusetts.