The Writing Exercise this Morning

The writing exercise this morning is to list five people
who I see often but don't really know.

My daughter comes to me, all tears. She wants to stay home from school,
though why, she can't say and I don't know.

I call my mother. How are you? she says.
How are you? I answer. Why we're so polite, I don't know.

My husband is in the garage working on his latest project.
Who is that man? Did I ever know?

Who is this writer, asking me to know
what I can't possibly know?

I look in the mirror, and who is that woman
looking back at me? Bethany? Have I ever known?