A long day,
feeling like
the longest day.

The kind
of day

by the light
of the sun,
moon and stars.

The moments
that leave
a mind

too exhausted
to navigate
in time or space,

seeking instead
to be rescued
by distraction.

Yeah, something
to help
make sense of

a world of
good and evil

too tired
to give a damn
about outcome.

It’s the day
the attack

when the forces
of heaven, hell
and purgatory

finally combine
to release old regrets,
guilts, memories

and hundreds
of buried

and wishes
about something

you abandoned
too many
yesterdays ago

and now
What if?


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