Lifetime Movie, by Kevin Carey
He has wandered out to the backyard again in his bathrobe. I see him sitting in the green-webbed lawn chair staring at the back of the house, surrounded by the snow. I wave to him from the kitchen window but he doesn’t acknowledge me. He has the television clicker in his hand and he keeps pressing it as if there’s a big screen out there. For a while, the channels change behind me in the living room, the news, a soap opera, a commercial about shampoo, then it stops on a talk show about baseball. I hate baseball. If it’s anything like yesterday, he’ll come in after two hours and ask politely for a ham sandwich, then lay on the couch and sleep the day away. I wish I could ask him to keep clicking until the lifetime movie comes back on, but he looks like he’s in a mood.
Kevin Carey is the author of a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People (Red Bird Chapbooks) and three books of poetry from CavanKerry Press, The One Fifteen to Penn Station, Jesus Was a Homeboy, which was selected as an Honor Book for the 2017 Paterson Poetry Prize, and the recently releasedSet in Stone (2020). Murder in the Marsh from Darkstroke Books, his first crime novel, was released in October of 2020. Kevin is also co-editor of Molecule: A Tiny Lit Mag. Kevincareywriter.com
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