And what about Edmund’s mother?
You mean to tell me she’s not dead
yet? And Yvette’s parents?
Oh, I see, one of them has passed?
And Lily, did she ever start taking better care
of her widowed father?
Yes, I really should give Kathy’s mom a call.
It was so nice of her
to give me a ride home that day
we bumped into each other at the mall.
I want to ask Mom what’s brought this on—
her sudden interest in my friends.
Then mortality slaps me hard, says,
"Please don't ask such stupid questions."
Steven Cordova’s (he/him) full-length collection of poetry, Long Distance, was published by Bilingual Review Press in 2010. His poems are forthcoming in New Orleans Review, and have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Callaloo, The Journal, Notre Dame Review, and the Los Angeles Review. He reviews fiction and nonfiction for Lambda Literary. From San Antonio, TX, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.