Bri ties a blue GET WELL balloon
to my IV pole, dumps
from her shopping bag
a box of pink Peeps bunnies,
a puzzle book,
a whiskery stuffed mouse.
“It’s amazing what you can find
at the ninety-nine-cent store.
Care for a four-month-old Peep?
Your mom said you can’t have
any food, but everyone knows
Peeps don’t qualify.”
I had random.org select a % and it went with 37%.
Tía is a woman woven of miracles;
the reason people who are afraid of her
& her magic
still call for the worst emergencies
is because Tía’s a woman who speaks to
who negotiates with spirits, who loosens their fingers
when they clutch around the neck of
someone she wants to live-
It doesn’t always work – Ik now
sometimes Tía is too late; sometimes the request too great