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Dogs 2017

HAPPY 84TH
(4/24/19)

strange
to celebrate
a birthday
with a father
one week

meals

conversation

then
to mark
the birthday
of a mother
the next

looking
down
upon the
flowerbed
containing
her ashes

thinking
of the recently
visited
family plot

back
in our original
Nebraska
home town

grandparents

older brother
already there

stones
marking
their graves

Mom
never wanted
to be buried
in that
cemetery

Tulsa
was her
town

she said

so here
she rests

although
I've finally
ordered
a marker
for her spot
between
two bushes

a gift
for the woman
who has
nothing