NOTE TO MY WIFE

At fifty-two

I forgot

Helen Bonham Carter

Then what to call

The crepe myrtle

The name of

The husband

Whose wife died

Of ovarian cancer

 

She was an artist

Like me

But happy about it

And even sometimes

The sweet stink

Of late summer

Magnolia blossoms

The mint geraniums

Our coven of rosemary

(The Chariton Review, Winter 2018)