1. Last night ma renewed her faith in God. The One that lives inside Florence, she says. And tells her what to sing.
2. Ma raises her glass of beer to the cupboard and praises the hole in her head.
4. She sings: No light. Nude light. Lamp light. Some light. Fading light. Flash light. Lady bug light. I’m so light.
5. Ma is playing with ghouls and demons. They shake a stick at her. She sticks a shake in them. It’s all done. Finished. The space between them is closer than ever, which means they are closer to peace than ever, which means I am closer to the ghouls and demons in ma’s bedhead.
6. It’s shake-n-bake and taco night.All you can eat.
7. Ma is alert to the possibility of heaven, the possibility of ghosts.
8. A revelation is a way to feel elated, ma says, and a way to see blind.
9. The horse draggin’ ma around is really a mouse.
10. It is really a horse dressed as a mouse, a rude mouse, the kind that inhabits ma’s wil-da’-beast imagination.
11. Ma loves potato chips and pumpkin pie. Salvation Army and the army. Office supplies and herbs.
12. No light, ma says, means it is all dark.
13. That’s obvious, I tell ma. There’s never light in the dark.
14. Obviously, ma says, you have no faith in hope.