Jim Trainer

18/30

In Jim Trainer, National Poetry Month, poem, Poetry, THIRTY FOR THIRTY CHALLENGE on April 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm

it’s been years since they shut down the Grand
and we stood on the steps with Henry eulogizing
how matter is only transformed
never destroyed
she went out west
me I headed south
neither remarried
these are brass for gold days now
ragweed for roses
foregoing victory for the small prize
of survival
watching our children grow
strumming songs sad&low
in twilight
of those years I have only a vague fondness
but her I remember clearly
she keeps coming back
our love like an exhaustion you never get over

I steer the car slowly
going nowhere down a country road
shadows are growing long but Kate
it’s not over
the stalks heavy, their
celebration of petals over
another terrible summer
another day means nothing
Kate it’s not over.

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