All the What Ifs and Whatnots

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All the What Ifs and Whatnots
All this is fact. Fact explains nothing. —Housekeeping

I spent almost a week
deciding how
my neighbor killed her

self, waited for “facts”
to settle
into place like depositions

form stone. Finally,
I chose
Mr. Rope in the car

port with a big-T
and no
panties or shoes, leaves

worn to a net of veins
in corners
like socks she may

be forgot too. She was
a Sylvie
in Housekeeping, wanderer

of the karst and caved land
scape in her
own home. Till when

the garage door sprang
to life
and she was not.