One day you are here
Talking, joking with your neighbor.
It’s laidback chatter,
It’s Hi, Bye some words in between,
More words if time permits,
Updates about weather, kids,dogs/cats,
taxes gardens, politics,
(warning: just know your audience)
work, real estate, stuff
Banter, incomplete sentences.
The backdrop for casual chats,
one word greetings.

the stuff that makes
for great cliffhangers
happened because
you were here.


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.