I Need You to Know That

by Claire Scott


Things have not been going exactly as expected

two buttons missing on my wrinkled shirt

cat pee on my doesn’t-fit-in-the-washer comforter

no gas in the car, hours late for work

and my boss gives me a look that shrivels my future


Where are all the scimitars, bottles of bleach, vials of Vicodin

who put that impossible barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge

why is there no rope in the basement now that YouTube

has a video describing in how to tie a noose

(see Knot of the Week)


Why not a Force Quit option like on my Mac

when an application is not behaving properly

a spinning circle, a frozen screen, a not so silent scream

hit Eve’s apple in the upper left corner

(the small bite that reshaped the world)


Select Force Quit

pick the program that has let you down

three simple keystrokes and you’re done

exactly as expected



Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam and Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and Until I Couldn’t. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.


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