After Harvard, had baby with crackhead.
- Robin Templeton
70 years, few tears, hairy ears.
- Bill Querengesser
Watching quietly from every door frame.
- Nicole Resseguie
Catholic school backfired. Sin is in!
- Nikki Beland
Savior complex makes for many disappointments.
- Alanna Schubach
Nobody cared, then they did. Why?
- Chuck Klosterman
Some cross-eyed kid, forgotten then found.
- Diana Welch
She said she was negative. Damn.
- Ryan McRae
Born in the desert, still thirsty.
- Georgene Nunn
A sake mom, not soccer mom.
- Shawna Hausman
I asked. They answered. I wrote.
- Sebastian Junger
No future, no past. Not lost.
- Matt Brensilver
Extremely responsible, secretly longed for spontaneity.
- Sabra Jennings
Joined Army. Came out. Got booted.
- Johan Baumeister
Almost a victim of my family
- Chuck Sangster
The psychic said I'd be richer.
- Elizabeth Bernstein
Grumpy old soundman needs love, too.
- Lennie Rosengard
Mom died, Dad screwed us over.
- Lesley Kysely
Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult.
- Linda Williamson
Write about sex, learn about love.
- Martha Garvey
Excerpted from Not Quite What I Was Planning from Smith magazine, edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith. Copyright 2008. Reproduced with permission of the publisher, Harper Perennial.