from JANE

The Plan

She was going home alone

to announce that she and Phil

were engaged.

Phil had been offered

a job at NYU; Jane

would leave Michigan

and start law school

there too. But

she feared


from her folks,

a scene blunt

as dead


Was it because

he was

Jewish. Was it

because he was

a Marxist.

Or was it

just because

he would take her

to a world far removed

from their own.

She hashed it out with her sister

for hours on the phone.

The plan: a night

at home, alone,

to weather the storm;

Phil to join her

in a few days.

Just trust me on this one, Barb

Trust me

was the last thing

to her sister that

Jane would say.

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