Conversation with a Grandmother

I’m sorry for the gnats, I say,
swatting at one, noticing another one infiltrating the dining room.

Never apologize for gnats or flies, dear.
That simply means there is life in your home,
she says.

It can be a sign of death, too,
I reply.

They are the same thing.


Charles K. Carter (he/him) is a queer poet from Iowa. He holds an MFA from Lindenwood University. His poems have appeared in several literary journals. He is the author of Read My Lips (David Robert Books, November 2022) and several chapbooks. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram @CKCpoetry.