Nancy Scott

Late in My Diversity

I keep forgetting that I might return
to the pre-Solstice poem,
to the paragraph about hope and hunger,
to the same furniture after the tarps come off,
to long and short sleeves,
to lists and railings,
to juggling shoulds and can’ts,
to wondering what will fall,
to weather and whether,
to being ignored,
to being someone’s good deed,
to having to walk and eat broccoli,
to living past dreams,
to inhaling memories wrapped in lilacs,
to seeking advice from ghosts,
to expecting survival.

Nancy Scotts over 700 essays and poems have recently appeared in, among others, Braille Forum, Disabilities Studies Quarterly, Philadelphia Stories, Pentimento and Wordgathering.