July 9, 2014

Past Due


The young widow
next door
checks her mail
every day,
wondering why
the world
cannot be more kind,
why after so many months
her husband
continues to get bills,
requesting immediate payment 
while there is
still time.

She thinks 
she should forward this 
to the place
he now resides,
while she quietly carries
his child inside;
but she knows
she will just 
send another check,
not ready to explain again
why he's no longer here,
why he won't be needing
whatever
they provide.

7/7/2014