Late January, still cold
snow stuck to the ground
which is
in fact/fiction
heavier than the layers of cement below

It all seems so hopeless
all bleak and grey
Then I look up to find
the human sitting opposite me
is reading the latest issue of
Country Garden Something!!

Are you really willing to listen to their stories of hell
Or cling to your personal,version heaven and truth
Which will do little for your client
But a lot for you!


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.