COUNSELOR: Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
CALLER: Blue numbers on my bedside clock
COUNSELOR: Are they supposed to be some other color?
CALLER: tell I forgot to change the hour.
COUNSELOR: Right. Are you late for work?
CALLER: This sets routines on haywire.
COUNSELOR: I can imagine. So how does that make you feel?
CALLER: Like a domestic goat
COUNSELOR: You want to bang your head into things?
CALLER: staked / to its circle of earth.
COUNSELOR: That’s always puzzled me. I mean, they eat weeds that can wreck a lawnmower, so what stops a goat from chewing through a rope?
CALLER: I don’t do well untethered.
COUNSELOR: So it’s a personal choice not to bite off the rope?
CALLER: I have no hunger for early dinner,
COUNSELOR: I just meant to bite through it—you don’t have to eat the whole thing.
Based on “Day after Daylight Savings” by Margaret Hasse