THE HAWK DECK 12:15pm

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

I remember lying in That February Sun

or was it March or April?

inadequate

with a step-sister who couldn’t help Me

no one could

I had abandoned My Self

to My Suffering

alleviated only by

bed-lying

couch-lying

& towel-lying on driveway stones

in the tepid sun

of 1997