15. Director’s Cut

The long car ride
To her sister’s ―life celebration.

For anything
To anesthetize
An hour or two
Before sleep
On grief
And adrenalin
We visit the lawyer,
Make decisions;
Walk the dog.

You want only
     A single red rose
In the church
―Only Lesley

     Loved gardening
So we ask her friends
To arrange flowers
From their gardens
For the feast
That will follow.

Our friend
Makes a box 
For her ashes
From a walnut tree 
The two of you 
And planed
―Just enough
For a box the right size. 
What size should that be?

These details
Those first days―
Including them all
Would take