local_library The Dining Room

by Stephanie Kaminski

Published in Issue No. 208 ~ September, 2014

Mom sets the timer for two minutes

2x + 4 = 24 me staring back
“I don’t wanna!” Rachel, from the threshold
Comes the dog, nails on wood

While one lone penny tumbles in the dryer.
Dad (was)(is)(will be) never around.

Microwave complaining times up
Serve the frozen vegetables already!
Leaking faucet mechanics
Wasting away water one drop
Equals ten, x, obviously
Mom sighs, sets the timer for two minutes more.