5:30 Dialogue

by Marilyn Nelson

Smells good, dear; what do you call this
stuff
the peppers, please, honey. I’m getting
such a headache
this client is turning out to be. I’m not sure I can even
handle
on this pan is coming loose and the laundry isn’t
folded
which means the whole firm is nearly bankrupt, so I
assume
all responsibility for that window Joey
broke
but we can’t loan them any money because of the
difficult
child, so I told her we’d keep a close watch on him and
try
the client under state laws instead, but I’m afraid it’s as good as
lost
his coat again, and it’s not as if we can afford
another
long day at the office. Now I just want to relax and
forget
to feed his lizard or we are getting rid of that animal
tonight
I want a long soak in the tub; the only place where I
can
of green beans and put them in the pan, please, dear?