A sunny morning, last night
dropped pinecones in Camelback Drive
"Mr. Wind" (as Mom puts it) moves
the diptych picture of David I
The nurse says it won't be long--apnea
nailbeds, when she passes don't
is my... meal," Mom says,
she wanted to say "last" as I
spooned the oatmeal
cut with grape jelly into her
Then she sucked watermelon and spit
the red flesh out.
What does it remind you of? I ask.
"The Warm Earth, sitting there,
feeding the squirrels."
resting comfortably. I hope she goes
in her sleep.
"Pleasant dreams," Margaret
says to David every night at tuck-in
but in the morning he greets her
with, "I didn't have any
So sad, my sister says, a sigh of
sorrow. It's a beautiful day to die,
like the last day of a vacation
plagued by rain,
the sun's come out and it's time to