The waitress puts a rusty nail
in your roast beef sandwich
& you decided to eat around it.
From all over town, people misdail
your phone number looking for Brad,
the listener, as advertised on page six.
Now the cat answers to your name
instead of her own. Your husband watches
hockey all day, so you buy another
television for the living room.
Your daughter gets sick trying
to watch them at the same time.
The pipe's uncontrollable sobbing,
the power strip's panic attack--
then, the house you build next
door. In your first life, you were
a pillar of salt. Open the cupboard
doors. There's something dying in there.