4. The Hours After

4. the hours after
Her body
Lay peacefully
     ―In bed still
While we waited
For Robert and Cary to arrive.
Sitting at the kitchen table,
Her absence
From this world
Not fully realized
     Undigested
The food
For which I had no appetite
Brought to us by friends.
Part of me
     Listening
The baby monitor in the window
     Silent
Reminder
That from this sleep
She would not wake
―Not here.