Poetry - Issue 17 | March 2013

Numbers

by Sonny


Numbers

A 3.5-hour plane ride to
New York
arriving at
4 o’clock eastern time.
A 2-hour drive
down the Jersey parkway to spend
1 Christmas dinner and
120 hours
in the same house as my grandmother.

She works on a
500-piece puzzle
in the dining-room
while I drink
4 beers
in the living-room.

I read
7 short stories
and she completes
13 word searches.

Try to break up the experience with a
4-hour
road trip down the coast
to Atlantic City.
30 minutes
sitting next to her at a slot machine.
A 3-course meal
at an Italian restaurant on the boardwalk.


I write
3 complete poems
and she makes
5 phone calls to family.

1 Nor’easter
keeps us up for
2 nights.

120 hours.
5 days
in the same small house
as my grandmother,
and maybe,
17 kind words spoken,
and only
because
we have to.


About the author

Sonny Z. travels as often as he can, to as many places as he can, and has a special fondness for big cities. He loves feeling surrounded, yet utterly anonymous, in places like Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, London, and Paris. For several years he made an annual pilgrimage to Japan for Hanami, the Cherry Blossom Festival. This is his first published piece.

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