ticket to ride

ticket to ride

by Sara Marie Nason

nanny’s body, collapsed

carnival balloon from the county fair

that grampy     ran


shrunken, pulled plastic,           pliable


her tremors: excitement, once


after eights wrappers

spilled everywhere

(“I could eat a whole tin”)


nanny paints the rock in the garden

a grave


grampy goes under

nanny deflates


no phone in the nursing home &

no chocolate at all