OUTLIVING YOUR MOTHER

For a man this adds on the years

too many tears

for the righteous who live

with their somnolent threatening clouds

on the horison

never to speak of it

the trial that comes with

breath.

 

 

It doesn’t come to one

it comes to lots

who don’t know it

but it makes the world

grey and cloud-stricken.

It is the death

that means more to you

than your wife’s feelings of insecurities

like the homespun rumours

of death or mourning do.

 

 

She brings life which lasts

longer than a gusty quip

Death takes her for longer

than a minnow knows

sheer water’s edge.

 

 

COPYRIGHT BRUCE E SAUNDERS 2017

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