(A Grandma’s Lament)
Can you hear the peal
of laughter as you walk by
the darkened room, her room?
That sound gives me peace,
and even a smile from time to time.
Take my hand, walk softly, tell
me if you hear it, too. Now.
No laughter, no sounds
at all ? Can’t you her the phone
ring, hear her speak, there, laughter!