Monday, February 2, 2009

Calling Woodburn

phoned Woodburn
George answered
said, It would cost me
to talk to her
his way of joking

"Barbara, it's Jim."
"Hi, son. How are you?"
"Fine, thought I'd call."
she didn't seem to notice
the choked words
said she was fine, too
must not have noticed
she needed to go
help a friend
we said quick goodbye's

I wanted to tell her
"Bernie died yesterday."
almost ninety
we knew she was fading
no surprise
wanted to talk more
didn't know how to say it
didn't tell her
couldn't do it
she was gone

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