“Inertia” by Frank Modica


Blame it on the goldfish for swimming 
aimless circles in an aquarium.

Blame it on the dog
for lying around most of the day

Blame it on the cat
for, well, being a cat.

Blame it on your mother,
and her obsession with soap operas.

Blame it on the UPS delivery person
driving through your neighborhood.

Blame it on the local weather;
spoiling your moods every season.

Blame it on windows, mirrors
every truth-telling sheet of glass.

Frank C. Modica is a cancer survivor and retired teacher who taught children with special needs for over 34 years. His work is forthcoming or has appeared in Cyberwit Press, Grey Sparrow, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Blue Mountain Review, and Raconteur Review. Frank’s first chapbook, “What We Harvest,” nominated for an Eric Hoffer book award, was published in 2021 by Kelsay Books.