A Visit Home The bare trees: needles pricking sky. The sun: a silent uncle drunk as usual. Let gossip spread its heady pollen, one of many crosses people bear in full- blown sight of others in a Catholic town in spring. Like some, the wife has got a mum alive and dying: ninety-one, and down to hell she fears she'll go, chained tight and dumb. Her son-in-law’s a weirdo who descends to nether circles, searching for a piece of mind, of ass, of anything that bends to fill the gap, gum up the works, release his puzzled demons. There he sits. Observe his grimace. Poets get what they deserve.
Thomas Zimmerman (he/him) teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits The Big Windows Review https://thebigwindowsreview.com/ at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His poems have appeared recently in Haven Speculative, Sledgehammer, and Spellbinder. His website is https:/thomaszimmerman.wordpress.com.