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Low Blow to the Ego
Lois Parker Edstrom


My husband and son are kind, sensitive men.
I don't understand how this happened:
We return to our car after walking off the ferry
following a trip to Port Townsend.
I choose the back seat, but find the back door locked.
While tapping on the window, trying to get their attention,
they take off.  I'm left standing in the parking space
four miles from home.
Surely one of those thoughtful men will notice
I'm not in the car.
Didn't happen that way.  They drove home, only then,
surprised I didn't respond when they spoke to me.
Where's your mother?
I don't know.  Maybe she is getting the mail.
I didn't stop there.

I was told my husband leaned over the seat to check
the floor as if I was somehow hidden from view.
Driving back to pick me up, my son, who has always
admired his father said, I'm glad I'm not you.

From Glint (MoonPath Press, 2019).
Used with permission.



Lois Parker Edstrom is a retired nurse. Author of five collections of poetry--including her latest, Road Signs and Hobo Marks--her award-winning work has been featured in numerous journals, appeared on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry, been adapted to dance, and transcribed into Braille. Lois lives with her husband on Whidbey island, off the coast of Washington. Learn more about her at






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Wilda Morris:
Thank you for the laugh!
Posted 04/22/2020 08:31 PM
So real! Hilarious.
Posted 04/20/2020 10:55 AM
Laughing at this. Can just see it.
Posted 04/18/2020 05:31 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the humor in this poem.
Posted 04/18/2020 01:44 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
What can you say?
Posted 04/18/2020 10:47 AM
Good one!!! Hahahahahaha!!
Posted 04/18/2020 09:19 AM
michael escoubas:
Still laughing Lois! Delightful piece.
Posted 04/18/2020 09:14 AM
Sarah Russell:
Love this! All too relatable! A great way to start my morning.
Posted 04/18/2020 08:59 AM
Pat Brisson:
Oh, this was just the smile I needed to start hte day. Thanks, Lois!
Posted 04/18/2020 08:22 AM
Ha, Paula. If he was really smart, he would have let his father pick mom up alone. Fun piece, Lois. And they say women get distracted? I�m still smiling as I write this. That�s what I like about poetry - when I�m still smiling afterwards. Randy
Posted 04/18/2020 07:51 AM
smart boy!
Posted 04/18/2020 07:26 AM

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