First published in Solitary Plover #36, Summer 2022, page 13. Originally written in April of 2021.

The pressure of the undone

mounts like winter.

A stack of unread books

next to the other stack,

unread email, bills to pay,

the lawn in need of a mow,

fence slats in need of repair,

the relationship crying for a vacation

either together or apart.

What’s to be done?

A to-do list, to add more winter?