965 What To Do? 02-27-2021

Cherished quilts in her cedar chest.

Autumn-Winter dresses in her closet.

Medical books on her desk.

Her stuff –

without her.

What can he do with all of it?

Any of it?

Can’t leave it


Can’t sell it.

Can’t wear it.


Just stuff.

But some shadows are too heavy.

Some tears are too many.

What’s to be done?

Can’t give it away.

A visit from the Salvation Army truck

would shatter him.

Their kids have taken home

all the momentos they cherish.

What’s to be done with the remains of remains?

Her silk panties, soft to the touch,

neatly rolled in her dresser drawer.

Her electric tooth brush.

Her lavender scented shampoo.

Her bottles of Youth Dew.

Her hair on her pillow.

Her hair around the shower drain.

He doesn’t like chocolate.

She loved it.

What to do with half a chocolate cake in their fridge,

a still sealed gallon of Heavenly Chocolate ice-cream in the freezer?

What to do with her quivering, brave smile

hanging in his heart?

Her last kiss still on his lips?

His tears,


on his cheeks?

About Ken Greenman

Married and Happy. Retired and busy. Living in NC. 71 and counting. December 12, 2020 and it's 72! ... I would love some written comments, critiques, adulation or kind suggestions.... If you have the time and or inclination, please feel free! Not in fear but by faith. We will see. See you later! If you ever want to talk for real, email me and I will send you my cell number.... I am enjoying this!
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1 Response to 965 What To Do? 02-27-2021

  1. The remains of the remains is a great line. A heartfelt poem

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