Black Widow

While you are in the clinic
I stay in the car to read
tips on how to save myself:

  If stranded in cold water,
rock with the waves, place
arms tightly across the chest,
legs tucked together, ankles

Startled out of my lesson
by a ringing church bell
I notice a sticker on the
jeep parked next to me,
it says, "Black Widow".

Petra Klein

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