Mildew stains the ceiling and the left back burner's broken.
Don't turn on the stove or you'll blow the fuse.
You check payphones for change. You're out of bridge tokens.
You can't make the rent and there's no more booze.
The cracks in the bathroom mirror make real look strange.
But love waits for you face wrinkled by your sheet,
the songbirds sound like little girls in ecstasy and when
you head to the grocery--the sun! Swallows you complete.
Just think how time alters everything, and this crisp ten
is enough to leave this last month's awful panic undone.