By Katie Rendon Kahn
She turns the television on for background conversations,
adores Andy, laughs with Lucy, co-counsels Perry Mason.
She misses having someone to argue with,
goes out for fast food and altercations.
Tells me she’s broke.
She forgets where she put her glasses,
remote, cigarettes, decides to rearrange the furniture,
is mad I wasn’t there to help.
She bong tokes away her sciatica,
blames it on the furniture, on me.
Refuses to see a doctor
because they won’t refill her Lortabs anymore.
Guilt-trips my kid into visiting
sends him out to buy her something for the pain,
gets mad that he doesn’t come back,
that he’s so much like his mother.
Katie Rendon Kahn lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where she chases adventure and
poetry prompts with her children. Her poems have appeared in Blackwater Review, Broken
Publications, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Barefoot Review, Rising Phoenix Press, Poetry Breakfast, The Panhandle Focus, and various blogs. Kahn won the Blackwater Review’s Editor’s Prize in 2012
and 2014. She and her 11-year-old daughter have written a children's book series called,
World Adventures, focusing on the acceptance of other cultures. Kahn also self-published
her first poetry collection titled, “Phantom Limbs,” in 2014.