! ! Aging With Grace?
The temperature was pushing forty
as we limped into the swanky cafe -
air-conditioned, thank God!
The patronage was mostly middle class
! ! A Practical Kind Of Loving
Your perfume lingers on my clothes,
like the image of your small determined face.
You watched me hug him – your husband of sixty odd years;
A Son Is Born
I place the peonies on the windowsill -
a perfect present for the new mum,
flushed and furry-eyed on the unmade bed.
! ! Dancing With Dylan
He is propped on all fours
when I arrive -
almond eyes grave,
face strangely serious.
! ! Just Gus
on their shelf above the kitchen -
a singular reminder
! ! Mother's Last Mothers Day
And on that last Mothers Day,
when the birch leaves
fluttered pale gold,
and the magpies chortled