THINGS MY MOTHER TOLD ME ABOUT THE PARKING LOT
by Mary Spooner

Walk
with persistence
but not far. you should
park close.
Scan
under your vehicle.
do not linger.
Grasp
your key
like a blade
tightly between
middle and ring fingers
so
tightly
that your knuckles
are as white
as your face and
Survey
the parking lot every
few seconds to ensure
you are alone.
if he is there
if he calls you
baby
or lady or even
your own name
Ignore
him
if he tries
to cop a feel do not tell
him how you feel.
you should not engage.
Run to your car.
close and lock the door
as soon as you climb in
and then drive.
Drive away.
if you think he
is following
take three lefts
or three rights.
Drive in a circle
so you
Know.

 

 


 

 

Mary Spooner is a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi and a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She is graduating with a B.A. in English.