She closes her hand around the two small items in her pocket:
a bottle cap with the advice “DRINK WELL, TRAVEL OFTEN”
a penny, found heads up on her walk home
(she’ll decide later if it’s lucky).
She holds them as talismans, for this week at least,
for this moment, for right now, and whispers her prayer to the universe,
asking for just a little more grace and an April just a little less cruel.