Binary: an Excel Spread Sheet for the Estate Sale
three place settings of fine china,
five war photographs,
seven stories from the old country,
a single box of jewelry,
and a mink fur coat.
our bodies hidden
when the breathing tubes are removed.
as close to the sound of her last words
as we are allowed.
We are forced
The Nurse Remembers Tony
His arms and legs are gently placed in coffins laced in velvet. The rest of him is warehoused in
the ICU like a modern art installation: vapor rising from the hole in what used to be his neck.
He never sleeps, but occasionally lowers his nose to touch a rosary.
Sometimes I brush against his face making coffee in the morning.