Ranked in Order
Most important are the ones we tell ourselves.
Everyone does it.
It’s not that big a deal.
No one will know.
Then the ones we tell the people we love.
Of course I love you.
I wouldn’t dream of it.
The ones we tell our friends.
I was caught in traffic.
What a cute baby.
I’ll email you and we’ll set something up.
A special set for our bosses.
Yes, I’ll have it done on time.
No I don’t know who took it.
And for people who see us walking down the street.
Always looking forward, never looking back.
Mary Lee Bragg spent her childhood in rural southern Alberta and was educated in Calgary. She now lives in Ottawa, where she had a career in the public service focussing on official languages. Her award-winning poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary magazines and ezines in Canada, the United States and Cuba. She has published the novel Shooting Angels (2004) and two poetry chapbooks, How Women Work (2010) and Winter Music (2013). Her debut poetry collection, The Landscape That Isn’t There is forthcoming from Aeolus House in the summer of 2019.
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