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Laure-Anne Bosselaar: So, how are you?

So, how are you? friends ask, all kindness & concern,
heads cocked, eyes locked in mine.

&, just like that, I’m his again:
his wife, his widow: the one whose name

was hyphenated to his — & I’m oddly
happy to speak about

myself, coupled to him again, finally,
& say I’m okay, better, but won’t say

his name out loud yet because I know
I’d throw a shadow over the conversation —

all kindness & concern — & over him also,
who no longer has a shadow.

So, How Are You? from These Many Rooms (c) 2019 by Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Appears here with permission of Four Way Books. All rights reserved.

4 comments on “Laure-Anne Bosselaar: So, how are you?

  1. Beth Peyton
    September 9, 2020

    Such a simple and evocative poem. I want to cock my head and look you in the eye, too. Peace.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    September 9, 2020

    His widow, I still have his name, my father’s name buried in the middle, not my mother’s or her mother’s. But that is a different story, opened up to examine, the same and different pain that a good poem breaks open. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. loranneke
    September 9, 2020

    Thank you, dear Michael — thank you so much!

    Liked by 1 person

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