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How We Love Our Parents

We leave a list of disasters by the telephone

in case they call:


The sump pump broke.

The basement flooded.


The garage floor is cracked.

Our circular saw was stolen.


They respond with lots of oh-nos’

and oh for god’s sake.


It is how we make them happy.

Joy Gaines-Friedler

Included in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, 2013.