Rolling the Dice

you hold your birth certificate
benign & wonderful
and a fluke
of place, time, person
some roll of the dice
brought you there
but now or maybe before
different parents
an alien town
even skin colored black
or brown
and you start to wonder
how thousands of brothers & sisters
wait at the round table
with too many places empty
and you still eat


Maryann Hurtt is perpetually fascinated by history, the what ifs of history, and all the stories. She recently completed a manuscript, Once Upon a Tar Creek: Mining for Voices. Aldrich Press published her chapbook, River, in 2016.