Dear Mary Lou

I’ve thought about you a thousand times

since Nick died a few months ago even though I did not

know you and Nick so well we saw one another at parties

for years went to annual potlucks you both

hosted for hundreds of people year after year visited

your antique store often even though I didn’t know you the way

I know some people I did see you and Nick and Nick and you

together so many years  you and Nick were One of Those Couples

his smile and yours  Mary Lou and Nick and Nick and Mary Lou and now

you are Mary Lou who still loves Nick although he is somewhere else and I

want to say something to you I’ve wanted to for months but all I know

to say is you and Nick are Nick and you forever.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


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