Elizabeth Smither

Last week of a life

Together, you and your spirit and you
made the arrangements while time
ran down in the way of flesh
that is coming unloose.
Outwardly almost the same: your hands
wore your rings, your ankles held the swelling in
your voice just slightly fainter asked
and was concerned for friends
to whom you spoke rationed words, remembering
each in their uniqueness, their life
while they were coming to see you
who had turned wholly and utterly gift.

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