by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

a quake hit
at the housing
way back when

shaking Mom’s
aluminum glasses
on top the fridge

I heard them rattle
briefly
upstairs in my bedroom
before the floor moved

it was the only quake
to memory
in all our years
there

Mom gave the glasses
to the kids
in Kansas
for some reason
or another

maybe to tempt
the tornadoes

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