All these people asked me 
if the doctor
told her how much time –
like this is a chancy game show
and she, an excited, screaming player
standing before a famous host
who flips over a cardboard sign –
Surprise! You win nine more months!
The unsuspecting contestant,
masking her shock

in the face of the cameras,
carefully spinning around to
see if she can run back up
into the crowded aisles and
let someone else play instead.
And I answered yes.
Yes, he told her.
Katherine Inez Davis has spent two decades writing for non-profit advancement and crafting feature articles. Her fiction and creative non-fiction were accepted for publication in Step Left and Line Zero literary magazines. She is now at work on a series of place-based essays and a poetry collection.