Joanna Gilman Hyde

"Good Morning, World!"

AFTER THE MANICURE

Sobey’s Parking Lot 5:oopm

I stood before

the fullish moon

hands of naked charm

I walked the lot

through the grocery door

My Version of Love

by the arm

NAME SCAN

Barrington Passage, NS 3:32pm

Today I saw My Name

in Lights

arrayed above

the grandiose machine

of Computerized Axial Tomography

Joanna Gilman Blair*

when One Technician asked about

The Middle Name

I thought He said

“Is that Your Real

Name?”

* My Mother named Me after Her Mother Josephine Meadow, and Anna Gilman Hill, American Horticulturist of Grey Gardens

DETERMINISM 2

The Hawk Kitchen Outpost 12:47pm

This morning I set out to drive

to Yarmouth to get My Head examined

by Computerized Axial Tomography

& stopped on the side

of Cape Sable Island

to check for My Sunglasses

— didn’t find Them buried in My Purse —

& arrived on the second floor

of Yarmouth Regional Hospital

just in time to see

The New Psychiatrist walking

toward Me to take in hand

My Manuscript — My only copy —

I had destined for Her

She said She would guard It

with Her Life