I swear I got the Christmas tree
broke the ornaments out of the attic
sang the songs
held the child’s hand
showed up and coughed up
for the plate
held my tongue at work
brought home the check
paid the insurance
went jogging
got postage stamps
mailed cards
phoned ahead
meant well
tried my best
ate right
quit smoking
for Christ’s sake I put the toilet seat down
used the right brand of deodorant
and thought long and hard
in order to say the words
that would make it look
like I was doing more
than going through the motions


Bob Hudson has amplified hearing in his right ear, a greatly strengthened right arm, and enhanced legs that enable him to run faster than a speeding car.

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