"After The ER Waiting Out a Storm In The Trailer"
she knows everything raging out there
everything twisting inside the sudden knocking
shifts in the siding clicks like desperate rodents
she knows what she can let in and what must be kept away
the wind, shaped by the window casing does her howling for her
easy sober, controlled sorrow contracted from strangers
and then someone, anyone, phones a kind word and
the voice becomes a makeshift home though distant and comfortless
in the calm of her answering she realizes her acceptance of tragedy
this is nothing heroic but ordinary
he is not coming back
she cannot hold him again on her neck
she will never feel his breath on her neck she will always feel just wind
Formerly an administrator at the University of Washington, Kitty Eppard is now a disability-retired writer. She lives with her husband and caregiver in Central New Mexico.