The wool cap warms a chilly day

Had this now since forty-four  he says

Before I left for war  (the Navy)

Seven months tomorrow he says

then says I didn’t know it would be this lonely

I see the empty space beside him

then spill

down the front of my tee shirt

words that land

by the dog at his feet

and I see the empty space beside him

where she stood for sixty years

and I am quiet

I was having a nap yesterday afternoon he says

a knock woke me up he says

and when I opened the door I was so surprised it wasn’t her