My only wish is not

for my


dead brother to come back,


but for the basement

to just stop flooding every spring—


Each time the rain lasts



than a day or



I slip on his boots and

all the way


down the dark

stairs, I can


hear him complaining

in the wet basement —


I always reply to him

in the unfinished dark:


He is not the one

who has to mop up


this mess

mother nature has spilled all


over the floors while

he was sleeping—


Hannah Pelletier studied English at the University of New Hampshire where she received the Richard M. Ford writing award two years in a row. Her work has been published in The Paragon Journal. Hannah is a 23 year old expat currently living in Nancy, France.