The Redirecting Nightmare

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

He had put my mother’s furniture out

around the corner of the Shakespeare House

to get whatever he could for it

and was moving in with his pregnant girlfriend

who had a crib stuck in the staircase

with me climbing up through it —

Someone had removed Self Organizing Galaxy

off the internet —

My Daughter was going away

with her hands dry and neglected

and I was unable to retrieve

the phone number

of one of my only friends

for help