The neighbors let their child rant
like the town drunk
late into the night.
It is only then
that the family resemblance
is strongest.

Makes it ever so difficult
to discern who is who.
Needless to say
there are never offers to babysit
and the grandparents never visit.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.