She Folded Back the Bedding (Written July 22)

She Folded Back the Bedding


She folded back the bedding,

As if to put a definite

Punctuation mark at the end


Of our week-long stay,

The way an artist

Will add a coat of varnish


To her canvas to mark

The end of her labors,

Whether she is satisfied


With the result, or not.

It’s a way of saying,

It’s done, let it go.


A week-long stay, away from

Everything we know,

Creates something, a mood,


An image, a memory,

That will color the old life,

And make it fresh again.

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