Green Hills Literary Lantern



How to Live, Reprise



The world was not as she’d been taught

laundry one neatly sorts

into blacks and whites;

it is gray with children

and other defenseless acted-upons.

All you can do, Pilgrim decides,

is keep asking the questions.

Admit when you’re wrong. Go on

for the kids, especially the kids

you have personally caused

to be brought into the world.

As far as you can, regardless,

clean up your own mess.

Do not use bleach on every load.




Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry, All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song, God, Seed, and two chapbooks. Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. New poems are in Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Omniverse, and other journals.