MISSING – David Lohrey
Absolutely everything, dad, absolutely everything,
I have friends who don’t sleep at night.
Are they thinking of what’s happened or worried about tomorrow?
The ball came this close but missed my head.
It’s called a close call.
All of life is a close call, mother said.
Who, what, where, when, why, how?
Mother’s left breast is missing.
Does she miss it? Did he?
Humes. Clover. Des Moines, Iowa. Coldspring.
There’s no tomorrow and yesterday’s forgotten.
You will be missed means you’re still alive.
You’re not dead yet but you will be.
Welcome to your funeral.
Is anything missing?
There is something missing but I can’t put my finger on it.
My front tooth is missing.
I missed the bus.
Where’s my sock?
No, I don’t miss the bus.
I missed the boat.
“I’ll teach you to talk that way to your mother!”
“I won’t miss next time.”
There won’t be a next time, father.
There never is a next time.
I miss you.