but if I don’t then wheel me to a window
in my own house and don’t assume

I don’t understand an acoustic guitar,
the hum of smalltalk, or cinnamon

from the kitchen. Don’t ask me if I remember,
behave as if I do. If you can, weave the complex

colored yarns of what I love into a simple
white blanket. When you leave don’t say

I am not there anymore
and when you come back

bring your dog.


Image credit:Maria Gloria Harvey

Sara Clancy is a Philadelphia transplant to the Southwest.  Her chapbook Ghost Logic won the 2017 Turtle Island Quarterly Editors Choice Award and she is an Associate Editor for Poetry at Good Works Review. Among other places, her poems have appeared in Off the Coast, The Linnet's Wings, Crab Creek Review, The Madison Review, and Verse Wisconsin. She lives in the desert with her husband and daughter, their two dogs a cross-eyed cat and a 24 year old goldfish named Darryl.