The first time I noticed
being without it? Well. Cold tea
in the kettle. Cat peering out
of the Rice Krispies box. Two tickets
to The Fantasticks by the phone.
On the TV, Merv Griffin laughing
at Danny Kaye. The mailman
saying, hope you don’t mind,
it was open. The school bus
coming blithely up the street,chock-full of kids. Was when.