I’m trying to memorize every part of you
like a lover you know you’ll soon leave
I won’t see you like this anymore –
Though you might someday watch me drive by,
like I watched so many cars slow down when the sign went up
I’ll be showing the kids where they grew up
I grew up here too
Learning how to be a mother, how to be a wife
How to nurse a stag fern back to life
How to nurse myself back after nursing three
and losing one in between
(I’ll take the concrete angel with me)
How many more memories can we cram into
the week we have left here?
How did it come so fast?
I have loved looking out your windows
at children on bikes
and the old woman who walks next to hers to steady herself
Help me steady myself as we go
When it rains, go
sit on the screened porch and listen
This place has soothed my soul
I hope it will do the same for her
2 thoughts on “56”
Once again you said all the right things!
You are truly a gifted writer and I will always love getting your writings,
Love, love, love as always.
You will be so missed but always part of this place.