On Approaching 50 | Deborah Bacharach

On Approaching 50 | Deborah Bacharach

Her whole life she sings off key,
sings in the car with her sister:
do the right thing, do it all the time.
Doesn’t know the rest, so she laughs.

Not yet catastrophe.
No cancer in the blood or breast,
all sockets forklift the limbs.

For the rasp and screech of freedom,
she has never led her people.
She has not planed a table,
swung on high girders.

The skeletons in her back garden
have set up a quick scrimmage.
They hang out, but don’t bother her much.
Some clank.
Some make unfortunate offers.

She knows the spiders
by the back gate can’t sing.
She can.


Deborah Bacharach is the author of After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015). Her work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Arts & Letters, New Letters, and The Texas Review among others. Find out more about her DeborahBacharach.com.