You want hopeless? I’ll give you hopeless.
There’s Mildred, talking to herself.
There’s Herman with cornflake crumbs
all over his bathrobe. And Shirley,
who has just remembered Easter,
sits in the hall singing Irving Berlin.
–excerpt from “St. Jude Visits the Old Folks’ Home” in Chasing the Saints by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago 2008). First published in Rock and Sling.