The poppies took your fiance

The poppies took your sleep

Not fussing or carrying on

Simple warm caretaker and friend

Your man swaddled in clear

Honeycombed plastic hot water injected

Brought his temperature to 35.5

Eyelids flutter as we talk

Stroking back close cropped hair


Feel the bone under there

Mind crying out in thought

Your children grew to love

The man who loved you

Took you his only love

His sorrow like a blanket

Out of time and out

Of time with his love

Steady strong dark haired Athena


 Joshua Hughes