I don’t remember much of it. My father must have been at work. Early afternoon, by the light, and across the street, Ivan, our neighbor, was home. He worked three to eleven. I say my little brother went to get him and I stayed with her. Ivan or Celie or someone said keep her walking. Don’t let her sleep. How did they know? Who tried to overdose on pills in their world? Maybe they saw it on TV. 1965. Drama. I walked her round and round the living room until my father and the police came. I remember feeling that everyone was watching, that my father was not surprised, but Sammy, sad. Keep her walking, that’s all I really know. When they take her away, don’t forget her. Love her anyway. Don’t think about why.

RICK CAMPBELL’s newest book of poems is Dixmont, from Autumn House Press. His other books are The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books, 2004); and Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech 2001) which won the Walt McDonald Prize and A Day’s Work (State Street Press 2000);. He’s won a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two poetry fellowships from the Florida Arts Council. He’s published poems and essays in many journals including The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, Prairie Schooner and many others. He is the director of Anhinga Press and the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and he teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He was born on the Ohio River 20 miles downriver from Pittsburgh and lives with his wife and daughter in Gadsden County, Florida.