Mr. Mann Queries Exit Strategies

Who can abide the day,

the night.  Here is the bed

holding the room in thrall.

Some people hang photographs

of what may come.  Old calendars

with days torn out.  Counting

backwards from 100

is said to work.  Lay out

a few anodynes.  Pills,

water, a book or two.

You can leave the light on.

Lists of memories.  Put

the radio on low.

Phones will not be relevant.

Sometimes friends wait

downstairs.  They are

surrendering their own lips.

Your cat will never leave you.