Lucy’s Aunt Alice

Lucy said

her Aunt Alice had been

in a coma for a while.

She woke up

and only remembered

the names of cleaning products.

That’s all she could

remember, all she could

discuss: how to remove

candle wax from tablecloths,

how to cope with wine stains.

Her doctors were stunned.

What could it mean

that her brain was gone

except for cleaning?

She came to the country

to stay with Lucy. Lucy took out

a library book: How to

Clean Everything.

Aunt Alice Did.