And Just Like That

And just like that

And just like that
the last child-bride would be your last

And just like that

I wear trifocals and don’t know who’s hot.

And just like that

gay got better but race got worse

and just like that
you gave up and the cops found you in the closet
your right to remain silent forever

and just like that
i didn’t hate my parents anymore
they had to wade through to the other side

and just like that
i was flipping through the weekly
and didn’t recognize a single band’s name

and just like that
some oberlin college graduate
who had it so so hard is so so big

and just like that
someone is calling me ma’am
and can I buy them some beer

and just like that
Henry Rollins has a full head of white hair
and the last time I saw X was at Downtown Disney

and just like that
She never went back to work and stayed home
most likely to succeed

and just like that
the weight decided not to leave

but the wandering eyes did

and just like that
the country I wasn’t going to stay in anymore

is the country I haven’t left in twelve years

and just like that
I’m someone’s professor, wife, mother

and two drinks is one too many

and no one called to remind that we are over

that it’s someone else’s turn

that we’re to go to bed at nine

that and that and that

it’s just that

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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