by Sarah Anne Wallen

for Lewis




Monday the crossword is easy

Tuesday begins with a “T”

Wednesday I get a bodega coffee and pay in quarters

Thursday I find three free books

Friday I get paid and order delivery

Saturday I stay in bed and forget to eat

Sunday I eat and cry

Monday the sun comes in hot through the window

Tuesday the heat is off and I can see my breath inside

Wednesday my toes never warm up

Thursday the line for the grocery store goes out the door and around the block

Friday I leave work feeling nothing at all

Saturday I think about love letters

Sunday I write a poem about wanting to write a love letter

Monday I do not write

Tuesday my period starts and I use toilet paper

Wednesday I go to the pharmacy and use self-checkout

Thursday I buy the newspaper but don’t read any of it

Friday might as well be Tuesday

Saturday the cats meow a lot

Sunday a bird lands on the fire escape – a rock dove

Monday I wear two masks

Tuesday I think a lot about how it feels to kiss someone

Wednesday I wake from a sex dream and cry

Thursday I wake again

Friday I wake again

Saturday I wake again, but later than the days before

Sunday I berate myself for being narrow and lazy

Monday I watch traffic and spill coffee on clean laundry

Tuesday feels endless

Wednesday everything seems annoying and useless

Thursday begins with a “T”

Friday I wake from a nightmare – I was shaking maggots out of my kitchen appliances and they squirmed all over the counter and floor

Saturday I watch a lot of television

Sunday has the word “sun” in it

Monday I think about eggs a lot

Tuesday is the name of a day of the week

Wednesday the phone rings but I don’t know the number

Thursday I want to be married with children in the middle of nowhere

Friday I just want a loving family all my own

Saturday my wants and worries gather in my mouth and throat

Sunday I miss my friends like they’re dead

Monday I check my credit score

Tuesday my gums bleed when I floss

Wednesday there’s nothing in the mailbox


About the poet:

Credit: Lisa Rogal

Sarah Anne Wallen is a poet living in Brooklyn and a proud graduate of the LIU Brooklyn MFA program in creative writing. This poem also appears online as part of a tribute to Lewis Warsh in the March 2021 issue of the Brooklyn Rail.





Homage to Lewis Warsh, who was a poet, a prose writer, and one of the founding professors of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Professor Warsh passed away on November 15, 2020. His students and friends honored his memory…writing.