Crying cockles and mus—
Alive, alive oh
Alive, alive oh
Brenda. Good you’re awake. I’ve
still got the voice. Haven’t I Brenda.
Yes Frank. Yes you do.
I’m glad you’re up, I was vacuuming
the kitchen and somehow I’ve lost a…what do you call it…an attachment…help me
look for it will you.
Which one was it.
Long one. Slanted. For getting
Like the one there on the end
That’d be the one.
It’s 7 a.m. Lola and Ed won’t
be here until four.
I thought I’d do the kitchen and dining room now, and the living room just before they get here. She has allergies you know. Lola does.
No. Actually. I didn't.
Oh yes. Mostly the usual. Pollen. Dust, animal dander. And elm and poplar trees, interestingly.
Yes. I'm going to make coffee.
Bring me some would you. That's my girl.
Brenda sighed. She filled the carafe. It was after two when her head hit the pillow.
She had reminded Frank that Ed
was diabetic. But Brenda, he said. You make
it so well. It looks so nice on our table. So nice for our guests as they walk
through door. When the house smells like blueberry pie.
Brenda where is the Swim-Kleer.
In that basket on the aquarium
stand. You’re not going to try and clean the aquarium before they come.
I certainly am.
She looked at floor. She bit the inside of her cheek.
You don’t want Lola and Ed to
come over. That’s it, isn’t it Brenda.
I didn’t—I never said that.
No one has set foot in this house for weeks
Brenda. For weeks.
Joni. Joni was here.
forgot about that…
Don’t…don’t call her a “that.” You didn’t
forget, you erased her. You erase people. I tell you Ed can’t have sugar and
you have me make pie. I was up until two and you woke me up singing…I know
what you sing for. Who, I should say. Lola this Lola that. You sing...and you
clean…so she won't get the sniffles. I went through chemo. You didn't clean or sing for me. You erase people. Where do they go. Where does everything go you erase.
fair city, where
are so pretty—
Brenda where’s the attachment.
I'm through with the walls. I'm through with the floors.
Weeks Brenda weeks.
Alive alive oh.
I’ve still got the voice.
Haven’t I Brenda.