She drives into the cool damp night,
Stopping to pull the gate before
Turning for home ….
Care – she cared:
A man of earth, now on his back, can’t move.
A woman of walking, cats, plants, still, broken knee.
Tomorrow, in sun, she’ll turn off the street,
Open the gate, and resume care….
He’ll turn, see his leaf-shed trees, silent cars.
She’ll turn. see her cats and kittens.
Care: gentle, direct, easing;
Life, slowing ….
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-January 2013