Monday, May 4, 2015



They seemed to all take off
at once.  Aunt Grace
whose kidneys closed shop,
Cousin Rose who fed sugar
to diabetes,
my grandmother’s friend
who postponed going so long
we thought she’d stay.

It was like the summer years ago
when they all set out on trains
and ships, wearing hats with veils
and the proper gloves,
because everybody was going
someplace that year,
and they didn’t want
to be left behind.

~ Linda Pastan ~