shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Ann Howells

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Thoughtful Decisions

for JSC

Her make-up was perfect, hair styled,
sprayed lightly into place,
outfit laid out days earlier—
kitten heels, brown wool skirt,
rust-colored cashmere sweater fully accessorized
with matinee length chocolate pearls
and matching button earrings. Legal documents
were sorted into stacks
with detailed written instructions
and several good-bye notes.
As a nurse she understood diagnosis, prognosis,
understood placement precisely,
positioned the gun,
pulled the trigger with her thumb.