← Issue 8

Creatures of Habit

by Grace Willis 

People keep saying

“I can’t wait. I just can’t wait to get back
                                                     to normal.”

I pause at the statement,
wonder if there was a normal before 

                                  before World War I,
                                                 World War II.

I pause at the memory I’ll never know

of normal before Polio, before Cholera,
the automobile, The Great Depression. 

I wonder if Eve said to Adam

“I can’t wait. I can’t wait for things to get back
                                                            to normal,”
standing there, outside of Eden.


Grace Willis is an undergraduate student at Missouri State University where she studies English Literature. She is an assistant poetry editor for Moon City Review and has work published in the Novus Literary Review