Susan Tepper is the author of nine published books of fiction and poetry.

Her tenth book, titled 9X9, will be released shortly by Cervena Barva Press.

Tepper is in the production phase of an Off-Broadway play that concerns artist Jackson Pollock in his later years.

My Way

What you have I may want
a look inside
your cupboards
closets and under the beds
where quiet things
are kept in boxes—
The garden filled with roses
from the sweat of your labor
I will dig up.
Bigger than you will ever be
I will take what suits my fancy.
Your children and ripe daughters.
In a pinch your old people
just because they might be
standing in the way of my way.
Anything of value
or much less
I will take.
Whatever I can get my hands on.