How Things Happen

And you had no idea
They were coming.
The neighbor who turns ugly about your
The girl you had your eye on all those months at night school
And you hear she got engaged to the dullard two rows
The audit the year you got
The partner you thought had your back
Who contradicts you over a triviality among
The doctor’s news when only that day
You’d ran five miles and met your wife for
The toddler not perfectly buckled
The gift of white designer jeans
Confirming he has not the faintest idea who you
The cop at the door
When things were going so


About the Poet:
Tricia McCallum, a Glasgow-born Canadian, is an award-winning writer and poet and frequent Huffington Post Blogger. She is the author of two books of poetry: The Music of Leaving (Demeter Press, 2014) and Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered in 2011. McCallum also publishes fiction. Her short story “Clutter” won a Toronto Star award for fiction writing. But her unrivalled passion is poetry and is particularly proud to have twice won the member-voted poetry competition at Her poems are about commonplace things, McCallum says, but she adds that they are not necessarily simple. “The abstract never drew me,” McCallum explains. “I don’t think in those terms. The day-to-day world and all its supposed mundane detail provides me more than I need. “To me it’s not mundane. To me it’s magic.” Read more of Tricia’s work at:



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