And though he would never know it,
She passed her final years in near
Total blindness. By this time
She’d moved to the coast and settled
In a town that was almost crime
Free, compared to where they’d lived.
She told him, the last time they talked,
That she didn’t want to see him,
Ever again. “Don’t ask me to explain,”
She said. “I was so tired all the time.
All I did was bitch and complain.
It was not healthy for me, the way
We lived.” What hurt him the most
Was that she had nothing to say
To him at the end, when she knew
She was dying. Their love
Was like a flame that she blew
Out without the slightest hint
Of regret. What saddened him
The most, when he saw it in print,
Was that she was still so young.