15. Director’s Cut

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

Evenings
Spent
     Searching
For anything
To anesthetize
An hour or two
Before sleep
―Less 
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
―Bill
Makes a box 
For her ashes
From a walnut tree 
The two of you 
Felled
And planed
―Just enough
Left
For a box the right size. 
What size should that be?

These details
Defined
Those first days―
Including them all
Would take
     Days.