first time I went to the loony bin, we lived on Vista Del
Monte behind a gas station that sold cigarettes for $1.75.
That was the year I turned into the angel on top of the
into the last present (I think it was a cotton nightgown
with blue buttons down the front), and my arms curled into
pipe cleaners. Gray bunnies jumped out of the carpet.
boyfriend leaned on his knees and unwrapped the plaid Gap
boxers, the books on tape, the pepper grinder. Either he
didn't see the rabbits nibbling at the tinsel or he ignored
my hollow porcelain head in his direction, accidentally
scratched his face with my sequined wing."I've
turned into the angel on the top of the tree," I said.
a chunk of cheddar cheese log onto a cracker with his thumb.
going to ask you to marry me," he said. "I was going to
buy you a ring for Christmas."
stared at the nightgown.