A list of things to wait for

  1. The bread to rise.

  2. The beans to soak.

  3. The beef to thaw.

  4. The water to settle, so you can put fish into it without killing them

  5. The mail, which might have a postcard in it, because we’re all writing letters now

  6. A text message saying “my fever went down!”

  7. The bread to rise.

  8. The beans to soak.

  9. The chicken to thaw.

  10. A package with your medicine in it and a note saying “sorry for the delay”

  11. The news to change

  12. The doors to open

  13. The bread to rise.

  14. The chickpeas to soak.

  15. The marrowbones to thaw.

  16. A text message saying “their fever hasn’t gone down.”

  17. The news to change

  18. The doors to stay shut

  19. The bread to rise.

  20. The chickpeas to soak.

  21. A one-month plan

  22. A one-year plan

  23. A plan, any plan

  24. The bread to rise.

  25. The rice to cook.

  26. A package with your medicine in it and a note saying “this is the last”

  27. A loud sound in the middle-distance that rattles your windows and resonates in your chest

  28. The bread to rise.

  29. The oats to soak.

  30. Sirens, far

  31. Sirens, near

  32. An ache, a sweat, a cough.

  33. The bread to rise