Bob Carr

Issue #
March 24, 2019

The Difference

There is a difference

between suicidal

thought and wanting

to be dead, says

the black nipple zinnia

near the drive.

As a man, I do not plan

to die clattering in a kitchen

drawer between sharp

edge and serrated.

I test the temperature

of bathwater with a toe,

settle in the hot

porcelain tub, a drop

of red spills onto my chest

from my stemmed glass.

I prune. Become tepid,

pull threads from the

shower curtain. Thunderhead

sedum says, there is a difference

between acute and chronic.

My condition? Low grade,

long lasting as the ever-

bloom of the amaranth

seen through the window

of a morning bath.

I anger the grasses in the yard.

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