Mrs. Clark is on the party line, 
listening in as my sister talks dirty with Eldon, 
the ‘bad’ boy whose voice has already changed.

My mother is sure she heard Mrs. Clark 
gasp for air when she tearfully told her best friend Vera 
that she was pregnant … again.

When my grandpa died, Mrs. Clark’s 
skinny old husband brought over a hot dish
before the body was even cold.

Mrs. Clark never leaves her home.
She’s funny that way.
But that doesn’t keep her from coming into our kitchen.

Mrs. Clark is on the party line,
listening in as my sister talks dirty with Eldon,
the ‘bad’ boy whose voice has already changed.

My mother is sure she heard Mrs. Clark
gasp for air when she tearfully told her best friend Vera
that she was pregnant … again.

When my grandpa died, Mrs. Clark’s
skinny old husband brought over a hot dish
before the body was even cold.

Mrs. Clark never leaves her home.
She’s funny that way.
But that doesn’t keep her from coming into our kitchen.