Mrs. Bates

April 15
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt “… suggests writing a poem in which a villain faces an unfortunate situation, and is revealed to be human (but still evil)…”

 Mrs. Bates

I don’t understand. A new neighbor
seems to have appeared, just
down the street, at the old Morton place.

Must have happened overnight.
Maybe movers do such things,
these 24/7 days. I’m sorry I missed it.

I take pride in noting the comings
and goings of the neighborhood –
gives me something to talk about.

It’s a wonder I missed it; my son
parks me right here, by the window
every day while he works at the motel.

Maybe this is a sign.
Maybe I’m really losing it this time.
Maybe I just sat here staring,

stuck in my chair, as they carried boxes
to and fro, putting them down for a break
and a friendly wave at me now and then.

I’ll have Norman bake them a cake.


Written by Elizabeth Boquet, April 2018

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