she’d set up a trust for the first-born niece

and established scholarship funds

to be doled out in equal parts between

the music students

who played the double-reeds

and all seven of the nephews

provided they were living

on their own

and had accrued no traffic violations

within a three year period.


the plaster was replaced

on every wall

in every room

of the old clapboard farmhouse

and the sub-slab radon

mitigation system fan set

for inspection every year

~ ~ ~ ~

the CDs were bought long

and held

along with the oil stocks

and the Microsoft

and all the ducks

fell neatly into their rows

the day she took a sunny afternoon

as her cue

to go shopping for a yoga mat

and broke her neck

colliding head-on

with another driver

in the Wal-Mart parking lot.




© Ruth Ann Scanzillo


all rights reserved. Thanks.


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