Because the rain was coming down so
hard, and because the dog was whining,
and because there was so little time,
she took out the garbage naked.
Because it wasn't a spider bite or
poison oak like the doctor said, and
because she had a double chin,
and because she'd seen, once upon
a time, the inside of a cloud,
she allowed hope in.
Because it was Halloween, and because
the candle was sputtering, and because she
was a mother still, she put a colander
upside down on top of her head.