‘Neath a haze of charcoal fumes
And sparkling summer sky,
They gathered round the sickbed
And ate an apple pie.
They reminisced and pondered
The speed of her decline,
Fingers crossed that better days
Were not now all behind.
Despite alarming symptoms,
To hope they held on fast.
This wasn’t her first illness.
It might not be her last.
One by one, as light grew long,
They said their fare-thee-wells,
Each willing there’d be next year,
But you can never tell.
4th of July, 2017