MarieAnn C. Raguso

Lending Family Money

I heard an old man
say, “You can borrow
my dog,
but not my tools,”
then I knew
he was right
family doesn’t pay
family back –
a debt will remain,
some people
cannot change, though,
in choosing to give
I must accept
the possibility
of the “tools” I lend
to never return, because
my “dog”
knows her way home.

MarieAnn C. Raguso wrote the screenplay for the independent film, “Revival of Darkness,” under the pseudonym MarieAnn Rosko in 2007. The most recent publication she was featured in was Hinnom Magazine Issue 004 for her short fiction story, “The Atlantow” in 2017. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, and oddly enough, starts her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice: Behavioral Science (a.k.a. Forensic Psychologist) this year. (www. marieanncraguso .com)