Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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  © Melanie Faith, 2013

Red, White, Green

Red, white, and green for remembrance
of where it happened. Along the jagged
Apennine Mountains between Firenze and Bologna,
the Adriatic coast, just south of Rimini.

Red, white, and green for this day,
another he won’t be here. She’ll slow-roast
a turkey, make gravy. She never knew
whether he liked his stuffing wet or dry,
but Charlie sits in his big boy chair, forks the dry.
Her fingers tracing his soft curls, like Edgar’s.
The warmth held there in her palm.

Red poinsettia and evergreen boughs
from her mother’s yard
affixed to the white stone.
The sprigs clipped from the arbor’s middle—
almost impossible to notice

what’s missing from the heart of the tree.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
  a Father
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back