Jennie Gaborno

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The postcard
says my sister is eligible
for free credit monitoring,
ID theft protection
and other benefits.
All because of a legal settlement.

It’s odd that it came to my house
because my sister doesn’t live here,
never has.

Still, UCLA Health
says she is eligible.
Return the enclosed form
or sign up easily online.

But there is no room
among the blank boxes on the back
to explain that she has neither email
nor phone

because she died
24 years ago.
At UCLA Health.

You would think they would know.



Jennie Gaborno is a writer and mother of three young daughters. Her micro-memoirs and poems splice loss with humor, the unexpected, and elements of the absurd.