Because the season is over
and surmise settles into
his autumn confinement,
I ask him what he imagines
could improve these last days.

He asks me for
a Phillies ball cap,
bright red on grey
like the African parrot
he loves. Folded into the nest
of his wheelchair, he repeats
a request for coffee
to an empty plastic cup.

Image credit:JD Mason

Sara Clancy is a Philadelphia transplant to the Southwest.  Her chapbook Ghost Logic won the 2017 Turtle Island Quarterly Editors Choice Award. Among other places, her poems have appeared in Off the Coast, The Linnet's Wings, Crab Creek Review, The Madison Review, Misfit Magazine, Avatar Review and Verse Wisconsin. She lives in the desert with her husband, their dog, two ordinary cats and a psychotic cross-eyed one.