fall 2018 / Poetry 2018 / volume 49

The Gray Woman—K.S. Hardy

She lives with
The pain, the only
Husband to stay,
Attached to the hip
So she walks
With a Karloff drag
But she can make
For the break room
When its her turn,
That ten minutes
Away from her press
The little relief
She can keep,
She refuses to seek
Help, doctors scare
Her for what they may
Cost both in dollars
And in earned pity.

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